Vive/Viva the Arts

The Durham Technical Community College Foundation and the Vive/Viva the Arts Committee have continued their tradition of bringing inspiring cultural programs to the college and community by sponsoring the following:

Bull City Slam Team  logoThe Bull City Slam Team Poetry Slam
Thursday, April 10

Durham Tech students watched and judged the poetry slam competititon.

The TempestBurning Coal Theatre Company’s Touring Performance of The Tempest
March 18 , 2014

Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to the Burning Coal Theatre stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Three actors.  On a table. Betrayed by his own brother and cast to sea as for dead, Prospero and his daughter Miranda discover an island of magic and light.  But as Prospero harnesses the magic of his new ’kingdom’, his humanity diminishes.  When his brother sails nearby, he uses the magic he has learned to create a shipwreck that will bring him face to face with those who have betrayed him … and allow him to discover once and for all if he is the man he thinks he is.

American PromiseAmerican Promise
February 2014

The Vive/Viva the Arts committee and the Durham Tech Debate team are presenting six film screenings of the documentary film American Promise for Black history month.

Spanning 13 years, American Promise follows Idris, and his best friend, Seun, as they make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Idris’ parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American filmmakers, chronicle the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School. This provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity.

Secret of Isobel KeyJen McConnelJen McConnel
February 26, 2014

Developmental English and Reading instructor Jen McConnel who has published novels in both print and e-book formats. She will share her experiences with writing and publishing and will answer questions. Her most recent novel, The Secret of Isobel Key, was published in December 2013 by Bloomsbury Spark.

Brushes with Life ArtworkBrushes with Life
April 29, 2013

This documentary film explores the work of eight artists with mental illness. Eight artists struggle with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other brain disorders talk candidly about how doing their art helps them heal. All the artists are brought together by the Brushes With Life art gallery at UNC, which shows only work by mentally ill artists. The screeining was sponsored by the Durham Technical Community College Foundation and the Occupational Assistant Therapy progream.

This Metal BookJoseph BathantiNC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti
February 12, 2013

Award-winning poet, professor, and advocate for literacy Joseph Bathanti visited Durham Tech as part of the Vive/Viva the Arts and Poetry Hour series. Mr. Bathanti read and discussed his works with those in attendance from 1 – 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Educational Resources Center. The reading was sponsored by the Durham Technical Community College Foundation and was open to the Durham Tech campus community as well as to the general public.

Mitch CapelNC storyteller Mitch Capel performs as poet Paul Laurence Dunbar
April 2, 2012

Paul Laurence Dunbar is widely acknowledged as the first important African-American poet in American literature. He enjoyed his greatest popularity in the early twentieth century following the publication of dialectic verse in collections such as Majors and Minors and Lyrics of Lowly Life.

The Man of La ManchaBurning Coal Theatre Company’s Touring Performance of The Man of La Mancha
March 1 , 2012

Faculty, staff, students, and the public enjoyed the Burning Coal Theatre stage adaptation of The tale of an errant knight who believed the ills of the world could be corrected.


How to Wreck a Nice Beach bookDave TomplinsPresentation and book signing by Dave Tompkins Author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from WWII to Hip-Hop
September 15, 2011

Tompkins will give a multimedia presentation on the history of the vocoder and its use in music and signing copies of his book.


To Kill a MockingbirdBurning Coal Theatre Company’s Touring Performance of To Kill a Mockingbird
March 24 , 2011

Faculty, staff, students, and the public enjoyed the Burning Coal Theatre stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

How to Wreck a Nice Beach book

Filmmaker Randolph Benson
November 9 , 2010

Randolph Benson presented clips from his films and discussed his filmmaking process. Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the NC School of the Arts. He has garnered numerous awards and has participated in various international film festivals. Benson's work has been featured on the Bravo Network, the Independent Film Channel, UNC-TV, and MTV2 as well as on broadcast channels in France, Poland, and Germany. He teaches documentary film and video at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Much Ado About Nothing photo
Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Touring Performance of Much Ado About Nothing

March 24, 2010

A packed house enjoyed the Burning Coal Theatre Company’s touring production by William Shakespeare. The play was directed by Emily Ranii, daughter of Bonnie Tilson, Humanities instructor at Durham Tech.


Twelfth Night photo
Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Touring Performance of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

April 1, 2009

Burning Coal brought 13 cast members to the ERC auditorium for a high-energy erformance of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved omedies. An audience of almost 200 students, faculty, and staff members attended the performance.


Something for the pain book coverReading, Discussion, and Book Signing by Dr. Paul Austin, author of Something for the Pain and emergency room physician at Durham Regional Hospital
October 22, 2009

Many community members as well as several Durham Tech classes attended this event which was co-sponsored by Durham Reads Together 2009. Austin, who had an amazing rapport with students in the audience, told stories about emergency room cases and addressed topics such as sleep deprivation, how to get published, and “the narrative arc.”


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Touring Theatre of North Carolina Performance of Piece Work by Barbara Presnell
November 10, 2009

The North Carolina Humanities Council sponsored performances of Piece Work at 10 community colleges, including Durham Tech. Professional actors portrayed workers in a textile mill who shared their feelings about their work, families, relationships, values, and the closing of the plant. Students in Durham Tech’s Oral Interpretation class had already performed the poems and had many questions for the actors.

Dar He: The Emmet Till Story photo
Dar He: The Emmett Till Story
February 14, 2008
This one-man play written and performed by Mike Wiley chronicled the 1955 Mississippi murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the trial of the men accused.
Durham: A Self-Portrait photoDurham: A Self Portrait
February 27, 2008

The story told of this unique North Carolina city that reinvented itself for the 21st century.

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