Durham Cultural Advisory Board

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Durham Launches New Cultural Roadmap Planning Process  

The City and County have launched the Durham Cultural Roadmap planning process to meet the present day needs and aspirations of its arts and cultural community. To learn more about the Cultural Roadmap, visit: https://www.durhamnc.gov/451/About-the-Cultural-Roadmap

DURHam Cultural Advisory Board ANNUAL REPORTs

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Durham Cultural Advisory Board Services

The Durham Cultural Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the City of Durham’s City Council and City Manager, and the Durham County's Board of County Commissioners and County Manager. The Board consists of fifteen members; thirteen members are appointed by the City Council, and two members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The board's functions include:

  • Partnering with the City's General Services Department’s Arts, Culture and Sustainable Communities Division and Durham County Engineering to advise the City and County regarding the implementation of the arts and cultural policy and to advocate for the arts in Durham.
  • Promoting economic and workforce development through art and culture, including the recruitment and retention of cultural non-profit organizations and for-profit cultural businesses, as well as, developing cooperative projects with the Arts, Culture and Sustainable Communities Division, Durham County Engineering, and other departments and agencies to engage cultural components that advance Durham’s goals.
  • Advocate for cultural development.
  • Advise the City and County on funding for local arts and cultural organizations and facilities and advocate for private funding and for federal, state and county funding for Durham cultural organizations, programs and facilities.
  • Advise on the implementation of any public art program the City or County might establish and advise the City and County on matters relating to public art.
  • Advocate for public and private funding for local cultural organizations and facilities.


  • Michael A. Betts, II
  • E’Vonne Coleman, Chair, Durham County DCAB member
  • Eldrin Deas
  • Tom Jaynes
  • Joseph Jordan
  • David Long
  • Margaret McNab
  • Jose G. Medrano
  • Council Member Mark-Anthony Middleton, Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Andrew Nurkin, Durham County DCAB member 
  • Raafe Purnsley
  • Laura Ritchie
  • Aya Shabu
  • Elias Torre, Vice-Chair

Student Members 

  • Erin Lee
  • Katherine Lopez
  • Anna Preston


Meetings of the board are advertised and open to the public. The Durham Cultural Advisory Board will host the monthly meeting via Zoom until further notice. Members of the public will be muted in the Zoom meeting. Public comments may be submitted via the Zoom chatroom during the meeting, via email prior to the meeting to [email protected], or via voicemail prior to the meeting to (919) 560-4197 x 21245. Members of the public can access the meeting by requesting the meeting passcode prior to the meeting date and calling the phone numbers provided below. 
For information on how to join upcoming meetings, please contact [email protected]. The zoom meeting will be available to watch in-person at 2011 Fay Street, Durham NC 27704 in room 141. 

Regular Meetings 
3rd Wednesday of the month 
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Meetings will be held virtually on Zoom until further notice.  

2023 Meeting Schedule

January 18, 2023 (2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
2023 Retreat

February 15, 2023

March 15, 2023

April 19, 2023

May 17, 2023

June 21, 2023

July 19, 2023 (cancelled)

August 23, 2023 (2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

September 20, 2023

October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

December 13, 2023 (2nd Wednesday of December)


Durham Cultural Advisory Board
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, ET

Location: 2011 Fay Street, Durham, NC 27704


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


For the Durham Cultural Advisory Board's Annual Report for 2019, please click here
For the Durham Cultural Advisory Board's Annual Report for 2020, please click here.

For the Durham Cultural Advisory Board's Annual Report for 2021, please click here.

For the Durham Cultural Advisory Board's Annual Report for 2022, please click here.

Member & Student Member Application Process


Members shall be residents of the County of Durham and/or persons who work and/or study in the County of Durham and actively contribute to the arts, cultural and economic sectors. Applicants shall meet those general qualifications specified by the City and County, which are requirements for individuals serving on an advisory board. DCAB has three student members position, who must live, work or study in the County of Durham. Durham City Council has approved a stipend program for eligible Board, Committee, Commission and Task Force members. For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4637/Stipend-Program-for-Board-Committee-Comm.

City Council Appointments 

For the City of Durham City Council application process, visit https://durhamnc.gov/238/Boards-Committees-Commissions

Durham County Commission Appointments

For Durham County Commission DCAB application process, visit https://www.dconc.gov/county-departments/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioners/boards-and-commissions.

Student Members

The Durham Cultural Advisory Board's student member application process is currently closed.

For more information on the term limits and roles of a student member on the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, please review the documents below:

Student Member Job Description


For information about the board, public meetings, and application process, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Cultural & Public Arts Program 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197