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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 visit .

62 Years of Creating Community Through the Arts!




Painting Class

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


Executive Director


Margaret DeMott


Director of Artist Services

Susan Tierney


Artist Services Manager


Dan Abbott


Development Manager


Lauren Tannenbaum Whittaker 919-560-2735

DAC School Director

Janet Bell


Assistant School Manager and Registrar

Shana Adams


CAPS Director


Anthony Zefiretto Jr.


Director of Facilities and Visitor Services

Fay Marin


Assistant Manager for Facility Sales & Service

Horace Lane


Facility Sales and Services Assistant

Darriel Williams


Maintenance Assistant

Justin Bond

Maintenance 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:

The Herald-Sun

DAC Editor:

Lauren Tannenbaum Whittaker

Cover Photo:

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

(919) 560-2707

or visit .

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: