Formed in 1954, Durham Arts Council promotes accessibility to the arts for the community and needed support for the artists.They offer art classes, artists residencies in schools, exhibitions, festivals, grant programs and much more.
The Biddle Foundation has long supported the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award, which were inspired by Biddle Foundation’s founding trustees, Dr. James H. and Mary D.B.T. Semans. The program launched in 1984, in partnership with the N.C. Arts Council, and served as a model for development throughout North Carolina. Margaret DeMott, director of DAC’s artist services, says the awards represent our “belief and investment in individual artists.”
With a Biddle grant, the Durham Arts Council also developed a new arts business directory. This directory will be the only local, non-member based, publicly accessible directory of artists and arts organizations in the Triangle. Artists and arts groups can create and maintain their profiles there. Through the DAC website, the new directory will provide greater visibility for local artists and facilitate collaboration between the arts sector, from collectors to curators to educators and most of all, the public. Says Executive Director Sherry DeVries, “it our desire to create more recognition and more visibility for the arts sector as a whole.”