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Weeks of Welcome Arts Programming

Published By Duke Arts / published on: August 7, 2020

From online open houses to intimate Music in Your Gardens streaming concerts, browse arts offerings for incoming students offered during Weeks of Welcome (Aug 10–28, 2020).

Arts Open Houses

Music Department Ensemble Information Sessions

Wed, Aug 12, Multiple Sessions, 3pm-6pm (All times listed are EDT)
Links to individual meetings

You don’t have to be a Music major/minor to participate in one of the Department of Music’s performing ensembles. Chamber Music, Collegium Musicum, Duke Chorale, Djembe & Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Duke New Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Theater, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony WILL be offered Fall 2020.

"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

Dance Program Open House

Mon, Aug 17, 5pm on Zoom
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Dancers, welcome, and welcome back! We invite you to come learn more about the Dance Program and our fall courses and meet the faculty. This is a great opportunity to meet the faculty and students, ask questions, and learn more about the Dance Program. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Sherry Williamson Divinity Communications staff

Theater Studies Virtual Open House

Wed, Aug 12, 2pm on Zoom
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Welcome to Duke! You don’t have to be a Theater Studies major/minor to attend our open house. Speak with our students and faculty, learn about our courses and productions, and find YOUR home in theater. We’ll have breakout rooms based on your interests.

Duke Performances' Music in Your Gardens

Young Bull

Wed, Aug 12, 7pm on YouTube

Young Bull is a homegrown R&B collective, yoking Southern soul grooves to hip-hop beats. It’s the project of two former schoolmates, Mique Cameron and Solomon Fox, who graduated from Durham School of the Arts. In 2016, Raleigh-based rapper Christian Sinclair joined the group, and Young Bull released its acclaimed debut, Sopadelic. Dispatching from its hometown and namesake, Young Bull delivers soul music that wrangles with the modern.

These films of outdoor, socially distant performances have the feel of an intimate garden concert—complete with the artist in the chat. Catch the films night-of, the concert collection will be released later this summer.
Graphic that reads Weeks of Welcome Concerts by Duke Performances Young Bull and Rissi Palmer

Rissi Palmer

Wed, Aug 19, 7pm on YouTube

In 2007, Rissi Palmer released her debut single, “Country Girl,” and became the first Black woman to chart a country song since 1987. Ever since, Palmer has woven notes of R&B, gospel, and country into a sound she calls “Southern Soul.” Soulful it is: her latest album, Revival, released in 2019, revels in blackness, protest, and heritage, like a twangy Aretha Franklin. Listening to Revival is a lot like marching in a rally: sometimes you’ll hear chants, a burst of choral response, and sometimes you’ll slow down, sit alone in a band of sunlight. From her home in Durham, Palmer delivers anthems for the national moment.

Watch the first Music in Your Gardens films on the Duke Performances YouTube page.

Nasher Museum of Art

Your Art Museum at Duke

FORM Presents: Nexus

FORM is a student-led arts and lifestyle publication. The primary goal of FORM Magazine’s recent visual project, Nexus, is to explore the relationship between diverse modes of artistic expression, namely: dance, music, sculpture, painting and cinematography. The video was filmed at the Nasher’s 2018 exhibition, Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, which showcased groundbreaking abstract art by African American artist from the 1940s to the present. Additional Duke organizations and student collaborators who made Nexus possible: Hunter Stark, Defining Movement, Devils en Pointe, Nakisai, Apartment X, DUU Freewater Productions, The Rival and Nasher MUSE.

A fully student-produced video in the Nasher Museum of Art, filmed in 2018.

DukeCreate & DEMAN Live

Concept to Commercial with Apple’s Beats by Dre & GBA Studios

Thu, Aug 27, 8pm on Zoom
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This episode of DukeCreate & DEMAN (Duke’s Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network) Live features Duke alum Chris Shaw ‘08, Executive Producer and Founder of Guilty By Association Studios (GBA Studios) and the global creative team behind their Beats by Dre commercial. He is joined by creatives Zandie Brockett ‘09 and Cody Grammer ‘08, as well as Mike Refuerzo, Head of Content Production at Beats by Dre. They will take us behind-the-scenes of the making of the spot, “Daydreaming,” share how they are creating globally during quarantine, as well as answer your questions.

Screen shot from DEMAN Live conversation

DukeCreate Workshops

Dance Cardio for All Levels: Orientation Kick-off

Fri, Aug 7, 6pm EDT
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Tue, Aug 11, 6pm EDT
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Welcome to Duke! Unpack, unwind, and relax as you learn basic dance moves that are simple, uplifting, and safe to do in your new surroundings. A back-to-school themed playlist strings together these moves in a guaranteed workout for your heart and your soul. Join us to ignite your creativity, celebrate new beginnings, and boost your physical and mental health!

Center for Documentary Studies

Anytown, USA Student Film Screenings

Wed, Aug 12, 7pm on YouTube

Anytown, USA, created and taught by Randolph Benson, is an annual filmmaking production and editing course offered by CDS’s continuing education program in which students create videos about one small North Carolina town. Intermediate to advanced continuing education student filmmakers each tell a story of their choice within the town. Together the short films form a nuanced, intimate portrait of communities as they adapt in the face of change.

This year, as the world struggles with the COVID-19 global pandemic and because we were unable to travel to this year’s small town, each student filmmaker has made a film within their personal quarantine to create Anytown USA: Quarantine. This year’s screening will also be online for the public; watch on August 12 on YouTube.

Truth to Power 8 Exhibition

Truth to Power 8

Pleiades Arts with the Power Plant Gallery
August 6-30, 2020

Pleiades Arts will present its 8th annual Truth to Power visual arts show from August 6 through 30. The juried exhibit, which includes video, mixed media, painting, sculpture, and photography, features 30 North Carolina artists from 8 counties who speak to pressing issues of social justice. The exhibit is being hosted by Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus. (The Power Plant Gallery is open by appointment to Duke class and curricular visits this fall. Reach the Power Plant Gallery at or (919) 660-3622.)