Artist Lecture with Chip Thomas, Colorado Gives Day, Winter Solstice Artisans' Market, Winter Classes, and Elf The Musical Jr.



Chip Thomas installing a piece in "Picture Perfect: Contrarian Voices in Photography"

Artist Lecture with Chip Thomas

November 11 at 6pm

Chip Thomas, one of the artists in our current gallery show, "Picture Perfect: Contrarian Voices in Photography," will be giving a talk on himself and his work in the Barbara Conrad Gallery at DAC.

Thomas is a photographer and does large installations of his work using wheatpaste and acrylic mediums.
See more of his work here:

Tuesday December 6, is Colorado Gives Day!

Throughout the year a $10 recurring monthly donation will:

  • Provide visual arts after school enrichment classes for an elementary school child in need of scholarship assistance.
  • Contribute to gallery costs, keeping the DAC galleries free and accessible to all.
  • Provide scholarship support to enable an elementary/middle school student to enroll and participate in a performing arts class.
  • Assist with DAC theatre productions, providing opportunities for local actors, directors, and technical crew to refine their skills, while presenting thought-provoking, entertaining and engaging theatre productions throughout the year.  
  • Through your $10 recurring monthly donation, you make art happen today and inspire the next generation of art patrons.  
To learn more about ColoradoGives Day and tax-deductible year-end donations to DAC contact:
Kathrene Frautschy, Director of Development
(970) 259-2606, Ext. 11

DAC Announces Call for Proposals for 2017 Arts & Culture Grants

Deadline: December 5, 2016

Application & Guidelines

The Durango Arts Center is accepting grant proposals for 2017 funding of arts & culture programs from area nonprofits.  Applicants must be 501(c)3 (or fiscally sponsored) status, operating in good financial standing for at least 2 years in Durango, or directing program services to residents of Durango.  These grants are made possible by the City of Durango’s Community Support Funding program and administered by DAC under the Arts & Culture Block Grant.  Please contact Cristie Scott, Executive Director cristie@durangoarts.org970-259-2606, Ext 14 for more information and download application and guidelines on DAC's website.


Call to Artists for Winter Solstice Market

November 25 through December 23

Artists are invited to submit artwork for sale in the Durango Arts Center’s annual Winter Solstice Artisans' Market, a signature community event that transforms the Barbara Conrad Gallery into a vibrant marketplace, that is one of Durango's most popular destinations for holiday shopping.  Entry fees are $50 for current DAC Members and $90 for Non-Members, which includes a 1-year DAC membership and access to 60% commission rate (DAC retains 40%).  Interested artists are asked to contact Exhibits Director, Peter Hay at (970) 259-2606, Ext 12 or


Create Artful Presents for Family and Friends

with Sandra Butler
Monday-Tuesday, December 19 & 20 | 10am-3pm
$75 Members / $100 Non-Members
Ages 6 and up are welcome to join this “open studio” style class

Wrap-up the gift-giving season at DAC in this fun winter break camp where students will create handmade gifts, including toys, jewelry, ornaments and other secret surprises.  Projects and materials will be different each day, so enrollment in both days is encouraged!

Winter Adult and Youth classes are open for registration!




Elf Jr. Tickets Now On Sale

Join the children of the DAC Applause! program as they remind us what Christmas is really about in this warm and comedic tale. Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more, which includes reserved/priority seating. Please contact Doug Gonzalez, or (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 for more information.

Playwrights Invited to Submit to DAC’s 2017 10-Minute Play Contest

The Durango Arts Center invites emerging and established playwrights to submit original plays to the 10-Minute Play Contest. Annually, DAC receives over 100 submissions from around the country that are reviewed through a series of reading by community members.   The top five plays are selected for stage readings in June and produced by with local directors and performers in the DAC Theater in October.  Cash awards are given for People’s Choice and a Grand Prize selection at the staged readings.  Complete contest information is available at, or contact Theresa Carson at (970) 259-2606, Ext 17 or

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