Durham Cultural Advisory Board

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Next Meeting

City Council is directing all of their non-regulatory boards, committees, and commissions to suspend their meetings until further notice in order to reduce the opportunities for possible virus transmittal between residents, volunteers, and City staff. More information here: https://durhamnc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2256

The Durham Cultural Advisory Board's March and April monthly meetings, scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., have been cancelled.  

Regular Meetings

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

Agendas & Minutes

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

​NOTICE: The Durham Cultural Advisory Board currently has openings for City Council appointees. 

Apply for membership.
Read the Press Release. 


  • Katy A. Clune
  • Margaret DeMott
  • Zena Howard
  • Valerie Gillispie
  • Marcus Hawley
  • Tom Jaynes
  • Jillian Johnson*
  • Angela Lee​

  • Katie Seiz 
  • Cynthia Penn-Halal
  • Lavesh Pritmani
  • Mitchell E. Sava
  • Katie Spencer Wright
  • Meg Stein
  • Rachel Wexler


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


The Durham Cultural Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the City of Durham’s City Council and City Manager, and the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager. The Board consists of 15 members; thirteen members are appointed by the City Council, and two members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Its functions include:

  • Partnering with the City's General Services Department’s Art, Culture and Sustainable Communities Division and Durham County Engineering to advise the City and County regarding the implementation of the arts and cultural policy and to advocate for the arts in Durham.
  • Promoting economic and workforce development through art and culture, including the recruitment and retention of cultural non-profit organizations and for-profit cultural businesses, as well as, developing cooperative projects with the Art, Culture and Sustainable Communities Division, Durham County Engineering, and other departments and agencies to engage cultural components that advance Durham’s goals.
  • Advocate for cultural development.
  • Advise the City and County 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 or County might establish and advise the City and County 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 within the County of Durham and actively contribute to the cultural and economic sectors.

For information about the committee and the application process, call or email Rebecca Brown at 919-560-4197 x 21245.