Category Archives: Culture & The Arts

We (and by that we mean YOU) did it!

The Museum of Durham History has spent this month working on a special Challenge Fund Drive to raise $2,500 during the month of May to receive an additional $2,500 from an anonymous donor. We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal, and well before the May 31 deadline! We asked for your help – and you responded. We are touched by the outpouring of support and all the personal, handwritten messages that accompanied your gifts. To date we have received

$2,811 and more coming in! 

We wanted to update you before you head out for the long weekend, and we’re hoping to keep the support coming until May 31. Who knows, maybe another Friend of the MoDH will offer to match the extra love you’ve $hown? Stay tuned…

Thanks, Durham. You enable us to keep telling your story!

 

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Two Durham Organizations Receive Prestigious ‘Building Bridges Program’ Grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

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Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History Receive National Awards to Strengthen Understanding Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Communities

May 22, 2017, Durham, NC The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, recently announced the 11 recipients nationwide of its annual Building Bridges Grants Program awards, two of them based in Durham: Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History.

Since 2013, the Building Bridges Program’s annual competition has awarded 36 U.S. nonprofit organizations with over $6.4 million in grants to support planning and implementation of creative arts- and media-based programs advancing relationships between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

“Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History are crafting programs that illustrate how Muslims have enriched — and will continue to enrich — the Durham area,” said Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program. “We are excited to support both organizations as they celebrate the artistic, cultural, and economic contributions of Muslims in all their breadth and depth. We are confident that, in doing so, they will strengthen relationships and intercultural awareness in Durham and the surrounding region.”

Duke Performances, working in partnership with the Duke Center for Islamic Studies (DISC) and the Duke Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC), will receive $125,000 to support a multi-year initiative entitled Southern Hospitality: Muslim Arts & Music as Cultural Bridge-Making in the American South. The project seeks to showcase the richness and diversity of Muslim culture through five weeklong residencies and culminating performances by US-based Muslim artists. In addition to their engagement with the Duke community, participating artists will visit nearby high schools, both in Durham and in rural communities surrounding the city, to share their art and promote awareness of their cultural traditions.

Duke Performances’ Executive Director Aaron Greenwald said of the award: “The project allows Duke Performances to engage audiences on campus and in Durham, as well as in nearby rural areas, bringing these communities into contact with world-class artists and fostering greater understanding of Muslim culture. It also aligns with the aims of our partners, supporting DISC’s mission to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and learning about Muslims as well as DUMESC’s goals of promoting teaching and research about Middle Eastern societies among American audiences.”

The Museum of Durham History received an award of $25,000 to collaborate with current and former members of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center to develop an educational exhibition on one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina. Over the course of a year, this project will explore the history of Ar-Razzaq and its economic, political, and cultural impact on Durham and the state of North Carolina. It will culminate in an exhibition slated for early 2018.

Ar-Razzaq (formerly Muhammad’s Mosque #34) was founded in Durham in the 1950s under the local leadership of Imam Kenneth Muhammad. Members of Ar-Razzaq established or strengthened other Muslim communities across the state, including those in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and the Kinston/Greenville area.

Interim Director Patrick Mucklow says this project puts the museum’s mission and values into action: “We believe that history is relevant to understanding Durham today. Our task is particularly timely in light of the divisions in our country. We are honored to partner with Ar-Razzaq and DDFIA to do this project.”

For a complete listing of projects awarded Building Bridges Program grant support, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges/.

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Duke Performances presents willfully eclectic, forward-thinking programming at a dozen venues on campus and in Durham. Through superb performances, outstanding visiting artist residencies, and the commissioning and development of exciting new work, the organization takes a leading role in the cultural life of the nation and encourages meaningful engagement with the Duke campus and Durham community. Duke Performances offers a robust season of 70-80 presentations spanning classical, new music, jazz, American vernacular music, international music, theater, and dance, while coordinating over 120 residency events, including class visits, workshops, and public conversations with over 75 campus and community partners annually. For more information, please visit: www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

The Museum of Durham History is a 21st-century museum that uses stories about people, places and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse perspectives about the Durham community and its history. The museum is located at 500 W. Main St. and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 1 – 5pm. There is no admission charge. For more information, please visit: www.modh.org

The Building Bridges Program is the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA), which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). Based in New York, the program supports national efforts to advance relationships, increase understanding, and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. For more information, please visit: www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges/

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NEW DATE- “Biking Durham’s hiSTORIES” ride- Sun. June 18

The weather wasn’t kind to us last weekend, but it gives us a chance to take a ride with Dad! Our apologies to those who were here last Saturday. See updated details below:

On Sunday, June 18 from 1PM-3PM the Museum of Durham History and Bike Durham are going to celebrate Father’s Day with the make up date for Biking Durham’s hiSTORIES, a leisurely five-mile tour through downtown Durham and the American Tobacco Campus, which was originally scheduled for May 13.

The no-cost, family-friendly ride will be led by local historian and Durham native Ernest Dollar, who will stop at various locations around town to tell the city’s more famous and lesser known stories. The ride begins and ends (with parking available) at Museum of Durham History, 500 West Main Street. Representatives from Bike Durham and the Museum will be on hand to marshal the ride and help the peloton share the road with vehicles and navigate intersections.

Please be sure to arrive a little early to sign the waiver we’re obligated to have you sign before you ride.

This is the third year of the ride, with previous tours drawing over 100 cyclists riding through downtown streets! Email [email protected] or call 919-246-9993 for more details.

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Update on our May goal

Last week we told you about the challenge issued to us by an anonymous friend, and our goal of reaching $2,500 this May in order to meet that $5,000 challenge. We promised to keep you in the loop weekly on how we’re progressing, so we wanted to let you know that you that as of today (May 12) you have helped us reach

$1,025 of our goal of $2,500!

We want to thank YOU for being so quick to act in helping the MoDH, as we are now almost halfway to meeting our match goal!

We are thrilled by the response of our community and grateful for the truly Durham spirit of giving that gets us ever so closer to our target.

*Don’t worry, there’s still time to join in and make your presence felt!

GIVE TODAY!

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We Have A Goal This May

The Museum of Durham History has built a solid foundation with proven results because of the incredible support we’ve received from you. Now we need to use our momentum to move ahead with a vibrant agenda of new exhibits and programming guaranteed to make our community’s heritage part of Durham’s everyday life.

You’ll see an exciting lineup of exhibits and events in the months ahead, most recently you may have attended the opening party for Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz. We’ll also be partnering with Durham Public Schools to make our popular Durham Beginnings |1865-1885 exhibit available to students in their classrooms and online.

This year an anonymous donor is matching the first $2,500 contributed by May 31, so your gift can be doubled!

History has a future in Durham, and we want you to be part of it. We’re asking you to consider a tax-deductible gift to the Museum. Even better, consider becoming a Museum Pioneer by making a multi-year pledge and see your name honored in perpetuity.

We’ll be sending out weekly progress reports to let you know how close we are to reaching our goal, so you’ll see how just how much your gift helps.

There’s never been a more decisive time for the Museum than right now, never a better time for you to make a significant difference. Please let us hear from you.

GIVE TODAY!

 

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MoDH & Bike Durham to lead “Biking Durham’s hiSTORIES” ride May13th

On Saturday, May 13 from 11AM-1PM the Museum of Durham History and Bike Durham are celebrating National Bike Month by teaming up to lead Biking Durham’s hiSTORIES, a leisurely five-mile tour through downtown Durham and the American Tobacco Campus.

The no-cost, family-friendly ride will be led by local historian and Durham native Ernest Dollar, who will stop at various locations around town to tell the city’s more famous and lesser known stories. The ride begins and ends (with parking available) at Museum of Durham History, 500 West Main Street. Representatives from Bike Durham and the Museum will be on hand to marshal the ride and help the peloton share the road with vehicles and navigate intersections.

This is the third year of the ride, with previous tours drawing over 100 cyclists riding through downtown streets! Email [email protected] or call 919-246-9993 for more details.

To prepare for Biking Durham’s hiSTORIES, people are encouraged to participate in Preservation Durham & the Nasher Museum’s Mural Rides on May 6. These rides lead cyclists from the Durham Farmer’s Market through downtown Durham to tour up to 13 historic murals. The rides last approximately 90 minutes and are open to anyone with a bicycle. For a full list of Bike Month events, visit BikeDurham.org/bikemonth.

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J is for Jazz – WHAT A HIT!

Hats off to everyone who stopped by to help us celebrate the opening of Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz and kick off the Art of Cool Fest. We are grateful to have Grammy-nominated bassist John V. Brown and saxophonist/flutist Dr. Ira Wiggins lead a quartet to highlight the evening. 

In case you missed it, keep an eye on our Facebook photo page, as we keep posting pictures from the event. We also made a short video you can watch here:

We are truly thankful to those who made Jazz come to life: PNC, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Michael Hershfield and Susan Rosenthal, Nnenna Freelon Chimusic Company Inc., Benjamin Reese, The Art of Cool Project, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University, North Carolina Central University Jazz Studies Program, and Hayti Heritage Center.  

Public history builds community and enhances other cultural offerings, like our partner Art of Cool Project. Help us continue to bring these fun FREE events and exhibits to the community. We can’t do it without your support!

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J is for Jazz opens with live performances to kick off Art of Cool Fest

Join us on Thursday, April 27, from 6PM-8PM, as the Museum of Durham History, in coordination with the Art of Cool Project, kicks off the Art of Cool Festival weekend with an event celebrating a new exhibit that tells Durham’s jazz story.

You are invited to attend the FREE party for Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz at the MoDH (500 West Main St). Enjoy food, beverages, and live performances by two luminaries in the jazz world and their ensembles: Grammy-nominated bassist and Director of the Duke University Jazz Program John V. Brown, and North Carolina Central University’s Director of Jazz Studies, saxophonist Dr. Ira Wiggins.

J is for Jazz is the tenth installment in our Durham A-Z series exhibit. Showcasing both visiting and emerging talent, the exhibit underscores Durham’s position in the jazz world by exploring a piece of the rich history of the Bull City jazz scene. Beginning in the 1970’s, local jazz studies programs at North Carolina Central University and Duke University, coupled with an enthusiastic community, provided students with performance opportunities and experience both in and out of the classroom. The alliance between universities and the music community has created an enduring legacy of jazz in Durham. This event will be held outside under the gazebo, rain or shine.

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Additional Support:

Michael Hershfield and Susan Rosenthal
Nnenna Freelon Chimusic Company Inc.            

                                                                                                              

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FREE Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond- Saturday, April 15 2017

Who is the only person to have a building named after them at both Duke and UNC?

Who wrote the song, Tobacco Road, and was “born on a kitchen table” behind Monuts?

Where did Madonna take early dance lessons?

Find out the answer to these and many more with historian John Schelp, on his FREE Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond on Saturday, 15 April 2017 at noon.

Meet at Ninth & Green where we’ll start with the South Ellerbe Creek Nature Area and continue through an old mill village. We’ll see an old liquor house, Buck Dean’s bungalow, a Sears House and a quiet urban garden in Old West Durham. We’ll then continue into the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood and walk past Oval Park and the old Watts Hospital.

We’ll go down a hidden alley and see where a songwriter for Norah Jones, Lou Rawls and Jefferson Airplane was born. We’ll head over to Walltown and hear about Duke’s original plans to build here. Then we’ll go by Richard Nixon’s house in Trinity Heights and continue past the homes of Duke’s famous faculty and coaches on Buchanan — including Cap Card, the father of Duke basketball and Wallace Wade, whose bowl games paid for Cameron Indoor Stadium.

We’ll go down Watts Street, past Trinity Park park, and see where Mr. Costner was filmed in his boxers in Bull Durham. Then we’ll head across East Campus to Ninth Street, past Erwin Cotton Mills and back to where we started.

You’ll see a little nature and learn some Durham history on the route. We’ll also talk about urban trees and the ridge, between the Neuse and Cape Fear basins, that forms the backbone of our town. We might even get into current events in the Bull City and talk about all this development around Ninth Street.

John Schelp will narrate along the way. No need to register. Parking is available on streets near Ninth & Green. (Bike racks are also nearby.)

Hike takes about three hours (but folks can peel off anytime.) Optional post-tour gathering at Dain’s Place at 754 Ninth Street — for a cold drink and further conversation.

Co-sponsored by Museum of Durham History, Sierra Club and the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association. Rain or shine. FREE

 

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