During BCS, downtown Durham art galleries, hotels, and public spaces will feature live and digital art installations, projection visuals, and pop-up galleries. In addition, BCS will host free public programming featuring up and coming Durham-based artists and visual creators.
BCS is excited to announce our 2022 Bull City Summit Arts Grant Program, in partnership with Durham Arts Council and Love Tito’s. BCS application artists in various categories (i.e photography, mural, graffiti, etc.) can submit their work for a chance to be awarded one of five cash microgrants.
Apply on the BCS Applications page with your information, and include a brief description of how you will use the award money to further your art career through social justice. Submitted artists will be juried by Durham Arts Council, with participating local art organizations nominating award winners.
Founded in 2001, Liberty Arts is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit corporation dedicated to making art accessible to everyone in the Durham community, with both a studio collective of artists on Pearl Street and a foundry at Durham Central Park. For over two decades, Liberty Arts artists have made some of the most iconic sculptures in Durham, the highlight of which is Major The Bull, located in the heart of downtown, and have taught more than 2,600 individual students of all ages. This episode features Emily Wismer, Liberty Arts Letterpress & President of the Board, and Stephanie Minor, Studio Manager, as they provide a history of one of the City's most influential community arts organizations.
A conversation with Brooke Markevicius, Founder and CEO of Allobee, a woman-led Durham-based startup that provides innovative support to businesses doing good things in the world, through an artificial intelligence-based freelance workforce platform.
A conversation with legendary electronic music producer/DJ, New York University Adjunct Professor, and Brooklyn Fire Records label owner Tommie Sunshine on the current state of electronic music, post-pandemic artist development, and more. Tommie Sunshine boasts a 30-year seminal career in music working with some of the biggest artists on the planet from Katy Perry, to LCD Soundsystem, to Carlos Santana, and will be joining us at the inaugural Bull City Summit.
An interview with Sig, former Chief Marketing Officer, Live Nation North American Festivals, and former Head of Global Events, Overwatch League and Blizzard Entertainment. This is a discussion on the return of large scale music festivals and Esports tournament events, including North Carolina's new Esports Industry Grant Program, as the global return to live continues post Covid.
A discussion on the post-pandemic state of technology and the digital investment landscape with pioneer Nihal Mehta. With 20+ years of experience in innovating marketing technologies through founding five startups to date and investing in over 70, Nihal is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands.
If you took the message of Kendrick Lamar & KRS One, the unapologetic vulgarness of Tyler The Creator and Redman, and the raw energy of DMX, Busta Rhymes, and Travis Scott, then you would get Jooselord. Tune in for a special interview with Durham's hottest rising rapper and activist, a true force to be reckoned with.
Board Member/Contributor at North Carolina Health News
Brett Chambers serves on the NCCU Lyceum Committee, Hip Hop Initiative Advisory Group, and Jazz Research Institute Advisory Team. A graduate of Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, he also earned his Masters in Education Technology from the NCCU School of Education. Brett is host of Brett's Open-Mic, Durham's staple local artist showcase night now in its 25th Year.
Senior Director of Programs, Research Triangle Park
As the Senior Director of Programs, Amanda develops and leads the Research Triangle Foundation’s programming efforts on the Frontier’s campus, for the Park and for the region. Hear about the upcoming BCS Summit programming at RTP this year.
Bull City Summit's Phase One participating art galleries, installations, and events will be announced on January 25th!
Participating Downtown Durham BCS venues and partners include:
Durham Central Park
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