Durham Arts Council
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Durham Arts Council, Inc.
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

Come face-to-face with the arts in Durham.

About US


So what's an arts council?

We are a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the Triangle Region in North Carolina.

OK, so how does Durham Arts Council "support the arts"?

  • We help professional and amateur artists and arts organizations produce music, theatre, dance, visual, media and literary art.
  • We help residents and visitors find, enjoy and participate in the artistic and cultural events available in the community.
  • We manage the Durham Arts Council Building, a city owned, multi-purpose community arts center in downtown Durham, North Carolina.
  • We operate The Clay Studio, a studio facility located at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd Space 836) -- just a few minutes from our main facility.
  • We program classes in the performing, literary and visual arts for toddlers through seniors. Some of these classes are held off-site in private studios.
  • We work with public and private schools to provide artist residencies designed for the classroom.
  • We raise public and private funds to support the arts in the community.
  • We provide grants, information and networking for artists and arts groups.
  • We provide exhibit space for visual artists.
  • We produce CenterFest, Durham's annual street arts festival, the third weekend of September.

How long have you been here?

Founded in 1954, Allied Arts occupied several facilities before moving into the former City Hall on Morris Street in 1978, three years after changing its name to Durham Arts Council, Inc. In the mid 1980s, after a three year renovation, the city-owned building became DAC's long term home and, together with the adjacent Carolina Theatre, part of the Royall Center for the Arts in Downtown Durham.

Can I participate?

Although some restrictions may apply to our grant and exhibit programs, you do not need to be a resident of Durham to make use of our facilities or services or to take classes at the Durham Arts Council School.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender preference, marital status or political affiliation.


Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.


Durham Arts Council has four goals:

  • To increase participation in high-quality arts experiences throughout the community,
  • To expand arts education both in and outside of schools,
  • To build an environment for artists and arts organization so that they can create and present their work, and
  • To be a resource to the community for advocating, planning, and developing Durham's arts and cultural community, creative place-making and building the creative economy.

Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

Full Plan

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2018–2019

Annual Reports

A copy of our audited financial statements is available by calling (919) 560-2709