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Click here to apply to join the Durham Cultural Advisory Board! Due to term expiration, there is currently one vacancy on the Cultural Advisory Board with terms ending June 30, 2022. Members serve without compensation and must reside in corporate city limits.  

Regular Meetings

  • 3:00 PM
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • General Services Department, 2011 Fay Street, Durham, NC 27704

Joint Cultural Advisory Board & Public Art Committee Meeting 
  • Wednesday, July 17. 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Durham Convention Center
    Junior Ballroom (D1D2)
    301 W Morgan Street
    Durham, NC 27701
Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


  • Margaret DeMott
  • Daniel Ellison
  • Zena Howard
  • Valerie Gillispie
  • Tom Jaynes
  • Angela Lee​
  • Katie Seiz

  • Chris Ogden
  • Cynthia Penn-Halal
  • Mary Lou Rollins
  • Candis W. Smith
  • Katie Spencer Wright
  • 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 General Services Department, advise the City regarding the implementation of the Cultural Master Plan, and act as a community advocate for that 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 General Services Department 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 shall be residents or persons who work within the City of Durham and actively contribute to the cultural and economic sectors.