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Local artists, architects, and designers will work with DPS 6th-8th graders to explore the principles of Freedom Dreaming, asking the question, 'What is the beauty you want to see in the world?'


The students will take walking field trips to visit architecture studios, an art museum, a proposed art gallery/studio, and Durham Public Library’s Makerspace. The week will culminate in a Public Reception & Show of the students’ work at NorthStar Church of the Arts

Freedom Dreaming is an opportunity to visualize the future that we want to live in, and harness the necessary tools and resources to actively move that dream toward a reality. These principles were developed by the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellows.

Camp Attendees come from Student U, as well as several Durham Public Middle Schools. Student U is a nonprofit organization that empowers and equips first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools.  The camp is free for students and includes breakfast and lunch.

Freedom Dreaming Design Camp provides highly desired arts education to young creatives, who may not otherwise have access to such programming. We fairly compensate the artists and designers who work with our students in order to support the artwork and bring these talents directly to the community’s youth. Your support gives life to this programming and will have a direct impact on the future of the arts in Durham. 

Participating Facilitators

Gail Belvett
Founder of The Art Chose Me

Evoke Studio
Durham, NC

Laura Ritchie
Arts Organizer, Curator

CJ Suitt
Poet, Artist, Educator

Dare Coulter
Artist, Muralist and Sculptor

Rosario Dominguez-Tapia
Architectural Designer

Tarish Pipkins
Puppet Artist, Educator

Alani Rouse

Eliza Redmann
Artist and Founder of Folded Poetry

Josh Rowsey, aka Rowdy

Zakiya Wiggins


Zack Woodard, aka Zone

Heather Ferrell
Architect, Prism Design Lab

Germane James
NorthStar Church of the Arts

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