Cultural Advisory Board

Regular Meetings

  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • Hayti Heritage Center . 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Margaret DeMott
  • Daniel Ellison
  • Joshua Gunn
  • Zena Howard
  • Valerie Gillispie
  • Tom Jaynes
  • Angela Lee​
  • Katie Seiz

  • Chris Ogden
  • Cynthia Penn-Halal
  • Mary Lou Rollins
  • Candis W. Smith
  • Katie Spencer
  • Rachel Wexler


*Jillian Johnson, Mayor Pro-Tempore, City Council Liaison


The Cultural Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the City Council and the City Manager and its functions include:
  • Assist the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, advise the city regarding the implementation of the Cultural Master Plan and act as a community advocate for the plan.
  • Promote economic and workforce development through arts and culture, including the recruitment and retention of cultural non-profit organizations and for-profit cultural businesses. It shall advise on the development of cooperative projects with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and other departments and agencies to use cultural components to advance these goals.
  • Advocate for cultural development.
  • Advise the City on funding for local arts and cultural organizations and facilities and advocate for private funding and for federal, state and county funding for Durham cultural organizations, programs and facilities.
  • Advise on the implementation of any public art program the City might establish and advise the City on matters relating to public art.
  • Advocate for public and private funding for local cultural organizations and facilities.


Meetings of the board are advertised and open to the public. Members serve without compensation and city and/or county taxes must not reflect any delinquency at the time of submission of the application to serve on the board.