Durham Cultural Advisory Board

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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.  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;
  • Advocating for cultural development;
  • Advising the City and County on funding for local arts and cultural organizations and facilities;
  • Advocating for private funding along with federal, state, and county funding for Durham cultural organizations, programs and facilities; and
  • Advising 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.

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.

Regular Meetings

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


  • Katy A. Clune
  • Margaret DeMott*
  • Valerie Gillispie
  • Marcus Hawley
  • Zena Howard
  • Tom Jaynes, Chair
  • Jillian Johnson
  • Angela Lee, Vice-Chair
  • Cynthia Penn-Halal
  • Mitchell E. Sava
  • Katie Spencer Wright
  • Meg Stein
  • Katie Seiz**
  • Rachel Wexler
  • Vacant - Durham County
  • Vacant - Durham County

    * Public Art Committee member
    ** Ex-officio, Cultural Advisory Board member


    Agendas & Minutes

    Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.


    View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes



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