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

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Giving to the Durham Arts Council

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What does my gift accomplish?

By supporting Durham Arts Councilís Annual Arts Fund, you help serve DACís mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. Together, we Create Community through the Arts. Every dollar you give helps support:


  • Durham Arts Councilís Artist residency program, (CAPS) teaching core subjects through interactive arts-based classes for more than 20,000 children in our schools. DAC also works year round at Lakeview School reaching at-risk youth.
  • Durham Arts Councilís community arts school, offering life-long learning through more than 640 classes for students of all ages and levels of artistic experience, with scholarship support available and special summer, weekend and after-school programming for children.
  • Durham Arts Councilís on-site and off-site programs for youth, serving more than 60,000 Durham youth each year.


  • Durham Arts Council directs income to local artists and arts organizations of more than $1,000,000 annually through cash and facility grants, teaching income, art sales, and fees for services.
  • Durham Arts Council provides a venue for artists, showcasing the work of more than 1,100 individual artists and more than 50 visual and performing arts organizations each year.
  • Durham Arts Council provides affordable performance, rehearsal and office space, alleviating a significant financial burden for small arts organizations.
  • Durham Arts Council builds support networks and services, offering professional development information and opportunities for the arts community.
  • Durham Arts Council leads community arts advocacy, ensuring that the arts are ďat the tableĒ on major community projects, and supports national and statewide arts initiatives.


  • Durham Arts Council is a center for the arts, hosting more than 5,000 events and programs, supporting 30 arts organizations that operate from the DAC building (including 9 that live in the building year round), receiving nearly 400,000 visitors each year, and standing as a historic landmark anchor of the downtown arts corridor adjacent to the Carolina Theatre and the Convention Center.
  • Durham Arts Council is a welcoming community space, with galleries, theaters, rehearsal spaces, studios and classrooms open to the public 360 days a year, 7 days a week, more than 83 hours a week, day and night. Our facility is used by hundreds of arts groups, community groups, churches, civic groups and corporations.
  • Durham Arts Council presents community-wide arts events, which bring all segments of our community together each year to enjoy the arts through CenterFest Arts Festival, Durham Art Walk, Visual Arts Exhibit opening receptions, and the Dinners a líArt series.

This work is accomplished not only through DAC programs, but also through the many arts organizations we support through our season and facility grants program, including this years grantees:

2013–2014 Durham Arts Council Season Grant Recipients:

  • African American Dance Ensemble
  • American Dance Festival
  • The Art of Cool Project
  • The Art Therapy Institute
  • Carlota Santana Spanish Dance
  • Carolina Theatre
  • Carolina Wren Press
  • Choral Society of Durham
  • Common Ground Theatre
  • Duke Performances
  • The Durham Art Guild, Inc.
  • Durham Central Park
  • Durham Childrenís Choir
  • The Durham Chorale
  • Durham Community Concert Band
  • Durham Jazz Orchestra
  • Durham Savoyards, Ltd.
  • The Durham Symphony Orchestra
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Gaspard and Dancers
  • KidZNotes
  • Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern
  • Mallarme Chamber Players
  • Manbites Dog Theater Company
  • St. Josephís Historic Foundation
  • The Scrap Exchange
  • Southern Documentary Fund
  • Walltown Childrenís Theatre
  • Young People’s Performing Co.