The Durham Arts Council is sponsoring a new state-wide opportunity for visual and performing artists. Last year they invited artists to participate in a pilot festival program launched by the North Carolina Arts Council and Duke Homestead. Artist participation in The Duke Homestead’s Hornworm Festival was so successful that the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has now expanded the program to historic sites across the state.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is launching a new program this summer called 2nd Saturdays: History, Heritage, Arts & Fun. These 2nd Saturday events in June, July and August are an opportunity for artists to showcase their work at more than 30 state historic sites and museums across the state.
The dates of the Saturday events are June 12, July 10 and August 14. The event time varies at each site but is generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visual artists can use these opportunities to sell their work and there is no cost to participate. At most sites artists retain 100 percent of their sales. Artists are responsible for providing their own tables, tents and displays. Several sites would also like to include musicians, performing artists, authors and storytellers in these events.
Artists can review the list of participating historic sites and museums online. The sites have developed themes and are looking for specific types of artists to support and reinforce their theme.
The deadline for artist registration forms is Friday, April 30 for the June 12 event. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up today!
For more information, visit www.ncarts.org/2ndsaturdays