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October 2, 2023 6:00–8:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center, Gallery, Room 235
Day of the Dead

BrickCity Urban Skulls

Taught by José Manuel Cruz

About the Workshop

In this workshop, we will make skulls that are more cultural to growing up in an urban setting where 3-5 apartment buildings and projects made of bricks is the atmosphere of learning how to navigate and grow in a community that is moving in a fast pace.

*This will be a community workshop open to all. Non-Duke users, please email to reserve a place in the class. Walk-ins are also welcome.


About the Instructor

José has been exhibiting his work since 3rd grade, which started at the Newark Museum, various galleries and museums in NJ, NY, and NC. In 2016 his social justice piece “Racial Profiling” was acquired by the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, in 2019 he had his Retrospective Art Exhibition titled “COLORICAN” at North Carolina Central University’s Art Museum. José currently has a piece at the Morris Museum of Art in NJ and had a successful solo exhibition at the Triangle Community Foundation. José has an upcoming solo exhibition this September at Gallery491 in Montclair, NJ. José has been invited to participate in a group exhibition in November of 2024 in Cuba. José continues to teach art at James E. Shepard IB Middle School in Durham, where he was selected as Teacher Of the Year. José continues to be and advocate for all the arts and has recently been asked to serve on the Durham Arts Council Board of Trustees.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in Room 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Address: 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students including undergraduates, graduates, and professionals (including health professionals), faculty, and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s Duke Arts Create workshops go live on Friday morning at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins and waitlist registers. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).