Be a Part of Creating an expanded and exciting CENTERFEST, North Carolina’s Longest Running Outdoor Arts Festival!

CenterFest 2012
Planning Focus Groups

We invite your participation in the CenterFest
continuing planning process!

Durham Arts Council, producer and presenter of CenterFest Arts Festival for 37 years, announced in July its plans to expand and re-envision CenterFest. DAC and its key partners have been underway in the Visioning/Planning Process for the 2012 event and invite your participation
in the next step:

CenterFest Focus Groups

Focus Groups take place 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm* at
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St., Durham, NC 27701
*If discussions need additional time the groups will continue to 8 pm

Please RSVP by clicking on the Focus Group Link.
You are welcome to attend one, several, or all.

CenterFest - Visual Arts Focus Group
Wednesday Jan. 18
6:30 pm - 7:30* pm at DAC
*If discussion needs additional time the group will continue to 8 pm
The visual arts focus group will discuss event components related to the visual artists who apply for sales/display booth space, and other possible visual arts elements of the festival such as interactive public art, art demonstrations, student art showcase, and other ideas.
Co-Moderated by: Molly Pasca, Pottery artist and Lucy Grant, DAC Board Member

CenterFest - Creative Community Focus Group
Friday Jan 20
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm* at DAC
*If discussion needs additional time the group will continue to 8 pm
The focus group for the creative community will discuss some new elements being considered for CenterFest such as showcases for new creative businesses, design arts, and technology, and favorite past elements such as the non-profit showcase. Although anyone is invited to attend, this focus group will be most appropriate for designers, game developers, architects, music industry, film arts, arts non-profits and other creative businesses that have not typically been part of traditional arts festivals.
Co-moderated by: Matthew Coppedge, Downtown Durham Inc. and Meredythe Holmes, Monarch Services and Beverly Meek, Duke University

CenterFest - Food/Beverage/Culinary Arts Focus Group
Monday Jan 23
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm* at DAC
*If discussion needs additional time the group will continue to 8 pm
This focus group will discuss possible new culinary arts/beverage/food elements for CenterFest and how we might do that. Locally sourced foods, wine festival, beer garden, food truck rodeo, chef competitions, and other foodie ideas will be on the table! Restauranteurs, brewers, wine folks encouraged to attend and all who can think with gastronomic glee.
Co-moderated by: Diane Daniel, author of Farm Fresh North Carolina and Shelly Green, President & CEO of Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

CenterFest - Music/Performing Arts Focus Group
Thursday Jan 26
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm* at DAC
*If discussion needs additional time the group will continue to 8 pm
This focus group will discuss the music and performing arts entertainment elements of the festival including performances on the festival grounds and mainstages and surrounding venues. This may possibly include both non-ticketed free performances, ticketed performances, a "wrist-band" access series, roaming entertainment, interactive crowd elements (planned and spontaneous), and other ideas.
Co-moderated by: Mike Woodard, DAC Board VP/Duke University/City Councilman; Joe Newberry, musician; Marc Lee, WNCU radio announcer/emcee; and Kirk Ridge, NC Songwriters Co-Op

CenterFest - Site/Venues/Format Focus Group

Monday Jan 30
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm* at DAC
*If discussion needs additional time the group will continue to 8 pm
This focus group will discuss the possible sites, venues, event layout, gating, admission, load-in/load-out, look and feel of the event, security, volunteers, and other site and format considerations.
Co-Moderated by: Casey Steinbacher, President & CEO, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce;
Sioux Watson, Publisher, The Independent; and Sherry DeVries, DAC Executive Director.

Durham Arts Council Executive Director, Staff and Board Leadership will be present at all the focus groups to provide information, listen and document all the great ideas, and answer questions.

Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Thanks to all of you who have already responded to the CenterFest Survey.
You can still fill out the survey -click here!

The CenterFest Focus Groups will culminate in early February in a final Design Charrette co-facilitated by DAC and the Durham Area Designers with support from DCVB, DDI, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Stay tuned for the charrette date!

“Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest started as the ‘Street Arts’ festival in 1973 when the DAC was the only major arts organization in town. It has been a signature festival of Durham for many years. Today, we have a large arts and creative community, with much credit to DAC for nurturing arts organizations and artists for 57 years. We want to showcase our thriving arts and creative scene in new and bigger ways in an expanded festival.

- Mike Woodard, City Councilman and Vice President of Programs, Policy and Planning of the DAC Board of Trustees


“We envision building a major arts and entertainment festival that will draw amazing crowds to Durham to experience our revitalized, creative, welcoming city."

-Sherry DeVries, Executive Director of the Durham Arts Council


“Durham deserves the hottest, most exciting festival we can produce. To make this expansion happen, we will need strong partners, and additional resources and support from the community. The Chamber stands ready to help DAC make that happen. Arts festivals are incredibly important for a community both in economic impact, tourism, and to showcase its best creative assets.”

- Casey Steinbacher, President & CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)


“Durham and CenterFest are ready for this next step. Durham already ranks among top U.S. cities on the Creative Vitality Index, and the expanded festival will help build tourism and economic impact for Durham."

-Shelly Green, President & CEO of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau


"DDI applauds the Arts Council and its partners to take the time to plan a new signature event that will be unique to our community & region. DDI is pleased to be a partner in this exciting effort."

- Bill Kalkhof, President & CEO of Downtown Durham, Inc.

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St., Durham, NC 27701

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