Category: Announcements

Meet the 2024 Arts + Cohort

This summer, we welcome our 2024 Arts + cohort of undergraduate and graduate students who will gain full-time hands-on professional experience in the arts through three different project teams.

Q&A with Outgoing Duke Arts Administrative Fellow Marika Niko

We recently spoke with Marika Niko, our outgoing Duke Arts Administrative Fellow for the 2023-24 academic year, who shared about their experience in the year-long role. Marika has been invaluable to the Duke Arts team and will be missed! If you’re interested in this opportunity, applications are now open for the 2024-25 Duke Arts Administrative Fellowship.

MFA in Dance Class of 2024

This year, join us in celebrating Julia Piper who will graduate with Duke’s one-of-a-kind graduate degree in dance! The Duke M.F.A. in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis (MFAEIP) supports artists whose creative research connects movement-based knowledge to critical discourses within and beyond the arts.

Announcing the 2024 Benenson Award Winners

Congratulations to the fifteen students who received a 2024 Benenson Award in the Arts! This year's group of awardees submitted projects in a wide range of disciplines to be explored this summer—including film, music, visual art, art and design, theater and creative writing.

Duke Arts Presents Announces 2024-25 Season Classical Shows, Fall Highlights & More!

Duke Arts Presents is proud to announce the return of its three classical music series, including the flagship eight-concert Chamber Arts Series from the Chamber Arts Society of Durham, now in its 79th year. Subscriptions are available now for renewing subscribers. In addition, we are thrilled to share fall highlights from our full 2024-25 season. Learn more about each classical series and highlights below.

Announcing: Music in the Gardens 2024: The Country Soul Songbook Edition!

Duke Arts is thrilled to announce that this year’s Music in the Gardens, now FREE to all, will be presented in partnership with Country Soul Songbook (CSSB). This year's series will be a five-concert showcase of musicians who fulfill CSSB’s mission to amplify historically marginalized voices (BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists) in American roots music.

Three Projects Celebrating Duke’s Centennial

In celebration of Duke’s Centennial, Duke Arts is thrilled to share three projects dedicated to highlighting pieces of Duke’s artistic history. We invite our Duke and Durham communities to learn and contribute to these projects that explore Duke’s relationship to the arts. Join us for a public reception on Tuesday, March 19 from 6–7:30 p.m. celebrating the launch of all three projects at the Rubenstein Arts Center!

Announcing Duke Arts Studio

Duke Arts Studio, formerly StudioDuke, the creative and professional support for undergraduate student projects in the fields of arts, entertainment and media is now accepting applications for 2023-24 projects through Friday, October 6, 2023.

John V. Brown introduces Duke Arts Presents

John V. Brown, Vice Provost for the Arts, shares exciting updates about Duke Arts. "We are entering the academic year with a new look and feel that brings to life our evolved approach to presenting world-class performances on campus and in the community, and fulfills our mission to be inclusive to all artistic endeavors."

Mobile Cinema: Nausicaä (1984) + Twister (1996)

Join us for Mobile Cinema: Nausicaä (1984) + Twister (1996), a free event at the Durham County Main Library offering an evening of film, music, and festivity, featuring the animated masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and concluding with the live-action blockbuster Twister. The event takes place on Friday, August 11, at 5:00 p.m.

Announcing the return of Music in the Gardens

Duke Performances is thrilled to announce the return of Music in the Gardens, now FREE to all. This long-running concert series is held outdoors at Sarah P. Duke Gardens and will include a five-concert showcase of nationally-renowned artists. View the 2023 line-up below!

Announcing the 2023 Benenson Award Winners

Congratulations to the seventeen students who received a 2023 Benenson Award in the Arts. This year's group of awardees submitted a wide range of projects to be explored this summer – including printmaking, film, visual arts, music, dance and creative writing.

Cine Movil: Nuestro Durham

Un homenaje y celebración a la comunidad Hispana, Latina y LatinX de Durham con una noche de baile, cine y conversación. Cine Movil: Nuestro Durham, es una proyección gratuita al aire Iximché Media libre presentada por Duke Cinematic Arts y Duke Arts en The Scrap Exchange. El evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 15 de abril a las 7:30 p.m.

Mobile Cinema: Nuestro Durham

Celebrate and honor Durham’s Latinx community with an evening of dance, film, and conversation in Mobile Cinema: Nuestro Durham, a free outdoor screening from Duke Cinematic Arts and Duke Arts at The Scrap Exchange. The event takes place on Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm.

Welcoming Audiences to the Newly Renovated Reynolds Industries Theater

Reynolds Industries Theater went dark in the beginning of fall semester 2022 for replacement of its HVAC system. Thanks to support from Duke Arts, Duke Facilities Management, Duke Student Affairs, and the efforts of the venue and production management team, it has come roaring back to life. The refreshed theater boasts many improvements, and a new Duke blue main curtain is ready to be drawn for the upcoming musical Rent, a production by Duke's Theater Studies Department in collaboration with Hoof ‘n’ Horn.

Two films by New Day Films founders added to the National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden recently announced the annual selection of 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Of the 25, two films by New Day Films founding members were inducted this year. Betty Tells Her Story, by Liane Brandon, and Union Maids, by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein.

Audio Under the Stars Returns to Durham

Audio Under the Stars, the popular community listening series built around audio stories, returns to Durham this fall in a new location – the great lawn at Durham Central Park! This special evening on Friday, October 14 is in addition to a previously-announced event in Pittsboro, NC this Friday, September 23.


On display at the Rubenstein Arts Center through Sunday, September 18, ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM” is an evolving experiential art exhibition and digital archive created by MIPSTERZ that explores Muslim Futurism.

Announcing the 2021 Graywill and Hal Kammerer Arts Awards Winners

Duke University Union has honored three Duke seniors with awards for their contributions to the arts: Omolola Sanusi, who received the Hal Kammerer Memorial Prize for Film and Video Production; and María Zurita Ontiveros and Cameron Oglesby, who both received the Graywill Award for Arts Leadership & Service.

Lunch with Artists: In Conversation Spring 2021 Lineup

Artists continue to make new work and evolve the ways they are connecting with audiences and collaborating during the pandemic. This spring, enjoy a wide-ranging lunchtime conversation series hosted by Duke Arts and Duke Performances, and check in with musicians, painters, playwrights, and more.

More Mindfulness Workshops

DukeCreate, a workshops series for the Duke community, is collaborating with Student Wellness to offer more opportunities to support well-being through creativity.

New Duke Podcast: Bridging the Gap

"Bridging the Gap" aims to speak with Duke’s diverse student body and discuss their experiences navigating identity, discrimination, tokenism, and more at a predominantly white institution. Duke students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to submit their stories.

Join Duke Devilish Keys this Fall!

Are you a Duke student interested in performing piano around campus, rearranging contemporary music for keyboard, or connecting with other musicians from around the world? If so, Duke’s premiere a cappella-style piano group wants you!

Welcome to the Class of 2024

"I'm excited to see what we'll create together. I'm excited to join you in rising to the challenges that we face and moving through them together."—John V. Brown, JD, Vice Provost for the Arts

Duke Small Town Records: Summer Series

Introducing a new series by Duke Small Town Records: Breaking Down Gatekeeping in the Music Industry. Join the STR team weekly on Mondays, 6pm, EDT for break room sessions on the music industry, producing, songwriting, and more.

Call for Proposals: Campus Center Art Collection

The Campus Center Arts Committee is now accepting submissions for 2020-2021 rotating exhibits in a variety of spaces, including the Brodhead Center Café Gallery, galleries at the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Student Wellness, and the Louise Jones Brown Gallery.

Our Guide to Summer Session Arts Courses

So many summer plans have had to change in light of the coronavirus crisis. Duke University has expanded its Summer Session course offerings, which means there are more arts courses to choose from than ever before.

Pratt School of Engineering Call for Art

Pratt's New Building Art Committee is now in a phase of actively seeking to identify and purchase or commission works for the new building. Artists who might be a fit are invited to submit a brief survey by Dec 6, 2019.

Honoring Student Arts Leaders: Kelsey Graywill

Meet Kelsey Graywill (Class of 2018), former president of duARTS and a leader in growing the student arts community at Duke. This summer Duke University Union endowed an award in her name: the Graywill Award for Arts Leadership & Service.