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Durham Arts Council, Inc.

  • 120 Morris St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701-3242
  • Primary: (919) 560-2787
  • Fax: (919) 560-2725
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The Durham Arts Council is a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire North Carolina Triangle region. Founded in 1954, the DAC manages the Durham Arts Council building, a unique community arts center, and provides year round programming and services. Each year DAC serves over 400,000 visitors, students, artists, performers, teachers, and arts organizations who participate in DAC community arts classes, camps, and residencies; CenterFest and Durham Art Walk arts festivals; exhibits; grants programs; technical support; arts advocacy; and information services.


The Durham Arts Council is open seven days a week and houses four galleries that showcase rotating exhibits. Admission is free and galleries are open during building hours. Support of the Durham Arts Council's Annual Arts Fund helps DAC fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience, and active support of the arts for all the people in the community. Program information and registration is available at the DAC website.

General
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  • Business Hours: M-Sa, 9am-9pm; Su, 1pm-6pm.
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  • Miles to RDU Airport: 15.3
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Group Tour Info
  • Avg. Tour Length: 30 minutes
  • Comments Regarding Groups: DAC welcomes the opportunity to provide tours of the Durham Arts Council historic building and rotating exhibits. We recommend groups of 35-40 maximum, but can accommodate larger groups.
  • Group Rates: no charge for tours
  • Maximum Group Size: 40
  • Scheduling Policy: Tours must be scheduled in advance to be sure that staff is available to conduct the tour. The general public may access the galleries without a tour guide, however it is best to confirm if you wish to bring a group at a specific time.
  • Tour Type: Gallery exhibits and historic building
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Visual Arts
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Durham Arts Council, Inc. Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 13
  • Total Sqft.: 16,684
  • Largest Room: 3,024
  • Theatre Capacity: 350
  • Classroom Capacity: 190
  • Reception Capacity: 350
  • Ceiling: 16
  • Description: The Durham Arts Council is a historic arts center in Durham's city center. The facility includes a 200 seat theatre for performances and presentations, and meeting and reception spaces for private and corporate events. Reception areas are enhanced by rotating exhibits. A catering center is available to support off site caterers.
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Qualex Photography Center
42 X 25
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1050.00
40
25
20
35
WTVD Theater (not available)
42 X 25
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1050.00
72
35
50
68
Rand Boardroom
30 X 15
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450.00
20
14
15
20
People's Security Insurance Theater (PSI)
45 X 55
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2475.00
200
120
144
185
Pavilion Gallery
35 X 42
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1470.00
130
80
100
125
Kane Learning Center
42 X 25
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1050.00
50
30
30
45
IBM Rehearsal Hall
45 X 55
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2475.00
150
125
150
150
Holmes Conference Room
14 X 14
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196.00
15
10
8
15
GTE Fiber Arts Studio
42 X 25
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1050.00
35
25
16
35
Graphic Arts Studio
53 X 32
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1696.00
40
25
20
40
Duke Power Rehearsal Studio
32 X 43
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1376.00
80
50
60
80
Allenton Gallery
38 X 27
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1026.00
100
60
80
100
Adaron Hall
32 X 42
16
1344.00
80
70
80
80
Semans Gallery
38 X 27
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1026.00
140
80
100
130
SunTrust Gallery (not available)
56 X 54
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3024.00
350
190
280
350

Third Friday

Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at the Arts Council and at each participating location.


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"Small to Large: Delight in the Practice of Painting" by Margie Stewart

New work by Margie Stewart, 1998 recipient of an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award. Artist reception will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, 6-8pm, as part of Third Friday Durham.


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Informal Group Photography Critique

One of the best ways to progress as an artist is to receive feedback on your work from your peers. Whether you are new to photography or are an experienced photographer seeking input on a new …


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Chainmaille Jewelry Workshops (Ages 12 & up)

The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is …


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Chainmaille Jewelry Workshops (Ages 12 & up)

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Beginning Paper Bead Making (Ages 12 & up)

Rolled paper beads are fun and fast to make. Women at least as far back as Victorian England in the late 1800s were making paper beads. Young ladies would gather socially in their dining rooms and …


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The Dancer’s Workout®- Back to Basics

The Dancer’s Workout® (TDW) is a high-energy adult dance fitness class which uses ballet, jazz, contemporary, pop, hip-hop, and toning exercises to deliver an exhilarating dancer’s …


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Civics: Design's Duty

What is a designer's duty as a human, professional, and citizen? Mike Monteiro, Pamela Pavliscak, John Bielenberg, Jenn Downs, and Tina & Grayson Haver Currin speak about civic tech, design for …


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Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing

Join textile artist, Diana Cathcart, for an exploration of fresh-leaf indigo dyeing using NC-grown Japanese Indigo. Students will have the opportunity to learn about growing indigo as they move …


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DAC Summer Arts Camp

Mini Camps are designed for students ages 5 to 13 years and offer flexible daily or weekly schedule and fill the time right after and right before the start of school for year-round and t…


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VrroomVIP 'mini' JazzFEST

Don't miss the Innaugural VrroomVIP 'mini' JazzFEST, bringing the best Jazz from across the country to Durham, NC in a small intimate setting. In addition, experience unannounced surprises that will …


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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604