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Project Arts

Learn More About Project Arts

Project Arts was created to introduce first-year students to Durham while facilitating the growth of each student’s artistic endeavors in and around Duke. As a part of the program, you will start with an introduction to the local art venues, restaurants, and culture that Durham has to offer. During Project Arts, students have the opportunity to create lasting friendships with the student leaders who implement this program, as well as other new incoming students who share a passion for art. Together, you and your fellow participants will have the chance to get to know the Duke and Durham arts community.

Throughout the week, you will create an arts project within your preferred art field, which will be created using elements of your transition to Duke and the Durham community. At the end of this week, your friends and family will be invited to attend the Project Arts Showcase, where your work will be presented/performed.

Along with your week-long project, you and your fellow first-years will:

  • Participate in various arts workshops at Duke’s Arts Annex.
  • Watch a movie at the historic Full Frame Theater, housed in the old Power Plant.
  • Escape to the natural sanctuary of the Eno River State Park for activities such as hiking and swimming.
  • Enjoy Durham specialties such as Carolina barbecue.
  • Attend Third Friday, a celebration of young artists, museums, and food trucks in the heart of Durham.

Housing for Project Arts is located on Duke’s beautiful East Campus. This will give you the opportunity to explore your new home as you familiarize yourselves with academic buildings on both East and West Campus, on-campus restaurants, and the perfect study spots. You will also have the opportunity to tour campus performance and production spaces specific to your arts field. By the end of the week, you’ll have all of the resources you need to jump right into the art scene on campus.

Project Arts is run and designed by upperclass students for first-year students who are passionate about creating art and further pursuing art at some level at Duke. Our staffers work with all skill levels; only eager “P-Art”icipation is required.

Duke and Durham are well-known for the plethora of things there are to do, as well as to eat. As part of this pre-orientation pro- gram, you will be able to experience the massive variety of food and creativity that Duke and Durham have to offer, all before you officially move into your new home.

The artistic disciplines encompassed by this program include:

• Music
• Theater
• Photography and Film (Visual Media)
• Dance
• Creative Writing
• Visual Art

Scholarship Consideration: All Project Arts participants with a focus in Visual Arts, Photography or Film will be considered for a need-based scholarship sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. No additional application is required. The scholarship will cover this student's entire cost of participation in Project Arts, and the recipient will be notified by the Office of New Student Programs this summer.

2021 Program Directors

Sara Heilman and Eli Kline

2021 Program Dates

August 9-15, 2021

*All program dates and activities are subject to change due to implications of COVID-19. Please continue to check this page and Duke University's Coronavirus Response website for the most current information.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 919-684-3511




Project Arts Introduction Video from 2018

Past Projects from pArts Participants