CAPS Artists-in-Schools Fall 2017 Recap!

CAPS artists Braima Moiwai and Osei Appiagyei engage DAC Board of Directors in drumming mission moment, August 2017.

Throughout Fall 2017, the CAPS program experienced an increase in exposure and programming. This expansion is due to our incredible new teaching artist roster, various new marketing efforts, a successful Arts Education Fair, and targeted engagement with teachers, school districts and the community. Thank you for being a part of our expansion!

This recap includes highlights from the Fall as well as several programs and partnerships we’re excited to see in the new year. Subscribe to the CAPS blog for updates and check out our social media links in yellow to the right of your screen.




So far, 33 out of 53 DPS schools have scheduled CAPS programs. Durham Public Schools is our primary partner. Every DPS school is allotted funding to have CAPS programs each year. The second deadline for DPS school requests is mid-January.

Schools – to schedule a CAPS visit, please review the online artist directory  and then fill out an online request form.

CAPS Artists – Thank you for quick responses to requests, flexibility in scheduling and questions/feedback! It’s been a busy season and I appreciate your patience as dates and contracts roll out.




Durham Arts Council hosts Durham Public Schools Professional Development Day for district-wide Arts Teachers, August 2017.


On August 23, 2017, Durham Arts Council hosted over 70 arts teachers participating in Durham Public Schools back-to-school professional development day. Mary Casey, Director of K-12 Arts Education invited various arts organizations, museums, and the CAPS program to share information with teachers during the welcome session.






Teachers and program coordinators from across the region participated in the Arts Education Fair on October 25th at the Durham Arts Council. See more photos hereThe next fair will be held in Fall of 2019.


Cammel Hurse capturing Al Strong on trumpet – stART of Cool Jazz Education program.

We launched a video series featuring CAPS teaching artists and performance groups. A huge thank you to Cammel Hurse Photography. The series is on Youtube and continues to be posted on the Durham Arts Council’s Facebook page.






STORIES COME TO LIFE! with ANITA WOODLEY at Shepard Middle School 

Shepard Middle school 6th graders participated in Stories Come to Life writing residency with Anita Woodley in October. The program, now in its fifth year, encourages students to write stories, develop vocabulary and positive relationships with peers, self, and community. The residency is sponsored by Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation, Durham Public Schools and the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund. Student stories can be viewed online here.



CAPS partners with Durham Parks and Recreation at Holiday Fun Fest each year to provide arts & crafts activities, face painting and interactive music in the Kids Tent. Holiday Fun Fest was located at American Tobacco Campus on Saturday, December 2nd. Sara McCreary and Lisa Harris provided arts activities for the event.


On Friday, December 15th, Durham Arts Council hosted the Durham PTA Council’s mix & mingle event introducing DPS new superintendent, Dr. Mubenga. Learn more about Dr. Mubenga and his vision for Durham Public Schools here.





Upcoming Programs & Partnerships!

Arts IN After-school Partnership

Durham Public Schools Community Education partners with CAPS to provide 14 elementary after-schools with arts programming this Winter/Spring. Programs kicked-off earlier this month. Thanks to the following teaching artists who have signed on to facilitate programs!

  • Sheila Kerrigan
  • Willa Brigham
  • Jan French
  • ADF Project Dance with Gaspard Louis and Osei Appiagyei
  • Malaika Pettigrew
  • Usha Raj
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth
  • Braima Moiwai


Phoenix academy – “Developing the rhythm to write, Right!” 

Anita Woodley and Charles Pettee will facilitate a writing and music residency at Phoenix Academy High School in February. Phoenix is an alternative school in Chapel Hill.

mosaic Fractions with Jeannette Brossart – Granville County Schools

Jeannette Brossart will facilitate “Mosaic Fractions” workshops with every 3rd grade classroom at nine Granville County Elementary schools this Winter/Spring. The program is sponsored by the Granville Education Foundation.





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