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Durango Arts Center: A spectacular May and exciting June ahead

Jason Lythgoe

Durango Arts Center is abuzz with artistic energy as we transition from an eventful May into an even more exciting June. With Jason Lythgoe stepping into the role of executive director, the DAC is ready for an exhilarating new chapter.

May saw the 14th annual 10-Minute Play Festival, which attracted more than 300 play submissions from playwrights around the globe, and showcased a diverse range of local actors and directors. The Durango Youth Theatre delighted audiences with their spring musicals, earning standing ovations; and the DAC Gallery hosted a fantastic pottery exhibit that drew art lovers from near and far. Thank you to everyone who shared their amazing talents with us, and thank you to those who came to enjoy them!

As we move into June, the excitement continues with Tad Smith’s gallery takeover, “Duality.” This exhibit offers a unique, interactive experience, blending his one-of-a-kind artistic style with augmented reality technology. Gallery visitors can explore his amazing artwork in a hands-on manner that promises to engage and inspire. Don't miss “Duality” during the First Friday Art Walk or any day Monday through Saturday when the gallery is open to the public.

June is packed full with a robust lineup of art classes catering to all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re interested in block printing and turning a piece of clothing into wearable art, creating your own vibrant stained glass work, dabbling in watercolor, embracing your inner “Ghost” with a clay wheel throwing class, and lots more, there’s something for everyone’s inner artist.

The theater schedule for June is equally thrilling. On Saturday, the Raven Narratives will captivate audiences with powerful personal stories, and on June 14, prepare for an evening of laughter as Lower Left Improv takes the stage with their hilarious antics. The DYT Company and JR Company will present their camp double-feature shows highlighting the incredible talents of our young performers. Finally, from June 26 to 30, Durango Playfest will host a series of staged readings of new plays being workshopped by incredible guest stars.

As we embark on this journey of artistic discovery and community engagement, we invite you to join us at DAC and be part of the magic. Whether you’re a DAC regular or a first-time visitor, there’s never been a better time to experience the vibrant energy and creativity that defines Durango Arts Center. Come explore and be inspired.

And if you’d like to be a supporter of the local arts community, we have many ways to get involved: Become a member, volunteer, donate or become a Theatre or Gallery sponsor. Your donation will go directly to helping the DAC provide essential arts programming for everyone.

To register for classes, become a member, get tickets, donate and more, visit durangoarts.org.

Let’s make June a month to remember at the DAC!

Jason Lythgoe is executive director of Durango Arts Center.