Community Access to the Arts
DAC manages and operates the city-owned Durham Arts Council Building in historic
downtown Durham. Our facility is the third largest visitor attraction in downtown
Durham serving nearly 300,000 visitors each year, and is an extraordinary community
resource for the City and the entire Triangle Region.
Community Funding and Support of the Arts
The Durham Arts Council is a significant funding source and key service provider for
the arts and cultural community in Durham and the Triangle Region. DAC raises funds
for its arts programs, services and the grants it makes to arts organizations and artists
through the DAC Annual Arts Fund.
Community Arts Education
The Durham Arts Council’s educational programs provide the community with year-
round, high quality, accessible arts programs, services and information to the public
and arts community.
Durham Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services available and accessible without regard to race, color,
sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, gender preference, marital status or political affiliation.
The DAC building has designated accessible parking in the surface lot directly south of the building. Ramps to the
north and south of the building with approved handrails and automatic door openers provide access to all three
main exterior entrances to the DAC. Within the building an elevator provides access to each level. Wheelchair-
accessible restrooms are located on each level of the building. Restrooms on the main and lower levels are
equipped with automatic door openers. Service animals are welcome inside the DAC building and must remain on a leash or in a
harness at all times. If you or your group has special accessibility needs in the DAC building, please contact the DAC Director of
Facilities at 919-560-2711. For school program accessibility needs, please contact the DAC School Director at 919-560-2735.
For more information on DAC and to sign up for e-mail updates on our programs and services, please visitwww.durhamarts.org .
62 Years of Creating Community Through the Arts!
For 62 years, the Durham Arts Council has helped shape the artistic and cultural landscape of the region through
the support of a diverse community of artists, patrons and organizations. We have achieved this through steadfast
dedication to our mission.
Sherry L. DeVries
Director of Artist Services
Artist Services Manager
Lauren Tannenbaum Whittaker 919-560-2735
DAC School Director
Assistant School Manager and Registrar
Anthony Zefiretto Jr.
Director of Facilities and Visitor Services
Assistant Manager for Facility Sales & Service
Facility Sales and Services Assistant
DAC Building Hours:
M-Sat 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sun 1:00pm - 6:00pm
School Office Hours:
M-Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm
The Durham Arts Council's mission is to promote excellence in and access to the creation, experience, and active
support of the arts for all people of our community.
Founded in 1954 to promote and nurture the arts of Durham, Allied Arts was renamed Durham Arts Council, Inc.
(DAC) in 1975. Three years later, the Council moved into the historic Central High School and City Hall building
which was constructed in 1906. In the mid-1980s, after a three year renovation, the city-owned building became
DAC’s long-term home.
Printing & Design:
Lauren Tannenbaum Whittaker
Triangle Youth Ballet photo by Steve Clarke
DAC is a private, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that receives funding through grants and contributions from
the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Durham, private foundations, corporations and individuals, plus earned
income from fee-based programs and services. For more information about Durham Arts Council programs and
giving opportunities please call
or visitwww.durhamarts.org .
As one of the oldest arts councils in the country, and historically one of the strongest in North Carolina, the Durham Arts Council
fills not one, but three major goals through which it carries out its mission: