Exploring Durham

Experience the visual and performing arts at NCCU
Feb. 22, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Throughout February, in honor of Black History Month, Exploring Durham is featuring articles about some of Durham’s interesting African-American features.

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?

The NCCU Department of Theatre and Dance is an integral part of the university and the community, educating and enlightening both students and the public through the arts.  The program aims to transform creativity in the theatre to practical knowledge and skills.  Local residents and visitors have many opportunities to view the works presented by the NCCU Department of Theatre and Dance.  Performances at NCCU are usually held at the University Theatre in the Farrison-Newton Communications Building, which borders Fayetteville, Lawson and Dupree streets.

The NCCU Art Museum is a leading resource in African-American collections in North Carolina.  The museum’s works feature African-American artists and deal with the black experience. Items from the permanent collection are available for viewing in the Carol G. Belk Gallery and the museum hosts five special exhibits each academic year. The museum is free and open to the public.

Did you know?  The Clear Onyx Dance Company will perform March 23 and a production of The Bluest Eye will occur the second and third weekend in April. “Tyrone Geter: A Retrospective” will be on display March 24-April 19 at the NCCU Art Museum.  The Art of Cool Festival April 25-26 will also feature the NCCU Big Band and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, plus much more!

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.