Durham has a bustling performing arts scene thanks to organizations like DPAC -- the Durham Performing Arts Center and the Carolina Theatre. That scene is enhanced by other organizations and venues that also bring diverse and exciting programming to stages throughout Durham to entertain residents and visitors alike.
There is great music everywhere in Durham. Whether it is indie rock at some of Durham’s hottest clubs, Piedmont Blues that originated here, great jazz by folks like Durham resident Branford Marsalis, or something a little more … classical, Durham’s got an offering to sooth every taste. One part of that community, the Durham Symphony, has been making music for more than 35 years.
North Carolina Central University was founded in 1910 as a religious training school and became the nation’s first state-supported liberal arts college for African-American students in 1925. But did you know that North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is also a cultural hub in Durham?
Durham played an important role in our country’s struggle for civil rights.
One site in particular where history was made is White Rock Baptist Church, a community gathering place that influenced generations of Durham residents for more than 140 years. It is a veritable landmark in the civil rights movement.
Durham’s rich heritage is full of notable African American historical achievements. More than 100 years ago African-American luminaries Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois heralded Durham as a role model for the black middle class
Durham is a place well-known for its science and medical research. Perhaps a little less well-known is a place here that serves as an intersection of those two disciplines. It is the Rhine Research Center and its work is one of the most unusual in Durham, to say the least.
The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top science attractions for families and one of the most family-friendly museums in the Southeast.
Durham used to be called The City of Medicine for its contributions to the medical community, but it is just as much a city of science and technology. Many contributions to everyday life were forged as a result of the discoveries and inventions that occurred here.
Throughout January, Exploring Durham is featuring articles about some of Durham’s most intriguing science and technology features.
One of Durham’s unique art features is on Franklin Street in the Cordoba Center for the arts near the Golden Belt Arts Complex.
To call Durham a place of great creativity is an understatement – it has the highest percentage of creative class workers in the United States. That creative atmosphere is evident all over Durham, especially in places like The Bull City Arts Collaborative (BCAC).
As home to a world class hospital and a creative community that gets national attention, Durham is a likely spot for an art experience designed for those with a sensory impairment. The Touchable Art Gallery at Duke delivers just such an experience.
Durham is widely known as the Bull City as a result of a brand of tobacco that was made here. So strong is that legacy that a massive one-ton bronze bull nicknamed Major stands in CCB Plaza at Corcoran and Parrish Streets in downtown Durham. It is but one of the pieces of public art for visitors to see and experience in Durham -- and he makes a mighty fine photo opportunity, too
South Durham is home to a very large shopping district with one of the nation’s top super-regional malls, the Streets at Southpoint.