Durham Cultural Roadmap

"Durham's vibrancy and our incredible quality of life are driven by our creative community of cultural institutions, museums, libraries, cultural workers, artists, and audiences. This plan will help us ensure that the cultural sector has the support it needs to remain central to who we are as a community.”

Major wrapped - Michael Waller and Leah Foushee and crochet bandits
'Major Wrapped' - Michael Waller, Leah Foushee, & Crochet Bandits

Meet the Cultural Roadmap Planning Group

The Cultural Roadmap Planning Group, a group of residents and cultural leaders, will review and advise on engagement, priorities and plan development. Appointed by the Durham Cultural Advisory Board through an open call process in late 2022, the Cultural Roadmap Planning Group represents independent artists, cultural organizations, public and private sector, education, philanthropy, cultural workers, recreation, neighborhoods, youth and other creatives. All members of the group live and/or work in Durham.

The Planning Group meets monthly with AMS Planning & Research, and City and County staff on the last Thursday of the month. These meetings will be a mix of virtual and in person. Please contact dcab@durhamnc.gov If you wish to observe a meeting.

Cultural Roadmap Planning Group Roles & Responsibilities

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Cultural Roadmap Planning Group

Zena Howard

Principal and Managing Director, Perkins & Will

Steve Schewel

Former Mayor of Durham, 2017-2021

Mark-Anthony Middleton
Honorary Chair
Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Durham
Brenda Howerton
Honorary Chair

Chair, Durham County Commissioners

Antonio Alanis

Artist, Board Member Diamante Arts & Cultural Center

Susan Amey
President/CEO of Discover Durham
John Brown
Artist, Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University
J.B. Buxton

President, Durham Technical Community College

Javiera Caballero

At-Large Council Member, Durham City Council

E'Vonne Coleman

Cultural Leader,
Retired Consultant

Chelsea Contreras

Design & Branding Senior Specialist, Latino Community Credit Union

Lightsey Darst

Artist, Development Program Director for the Arts and Humanities, Duke University

Lois Deloatch

Artist, Nonprofit Advisor

Kathryn Desplanque

Artist, Art History Professor, UNC, Chapel Hill

Sherry DeVries

Executive Director, Durham Arts Council

Rodrigo Dorfman

Artist, Advocate

Akiva Fox

Artist, Bulldog Ensemble Theater

Oscar Garcia

Engagement Specialist and Interpreter, Durham County Department  of Public Health 

Lana Garland

Artist, Self-Employed, Executive Producer, Insibah Media

Chandra Guinn

Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, McKinney

Carrie Heinonen

CEO, Museum of Life and Science, Durham Rotary

Denise Hester

Small Business Owner, Phoenix Fest, Durham Business & Professional Chain Representative

Lilyn Hester

Head of Southeast External Affairs and Government Relations, Google; Board Member, Durham Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Jordan

Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement, UNC, Chapel Hill; Representative, Durham Cultural Advisory Board (DCAB)

Barbara Lau

Founding Director, Pauli Murray Center

Angela Lee
Executive and Artistic Director, Hayti Heritage Center
Girija Mahajan
Recreation and Advisory Commission
Nori McDuffie
Durham Office on Youth
Patrick Mucklow
Executive Director, Museum of Durham History
Britney Nava Munoz

Youth Representative,
Changed by Youth Organization

Jodee Nimerichter

Executive Director,
American Dance Festival

Mimi O'Brien

Executive Director,
Mary Duke Biddle Foundation

David Young Oh

Owner, Radical Healing,
Program Volunteer for OUTSOUTH: Queer Film Festival

Steven Pearson

Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM

Kym Register

Owner, Pinhook

Laura Ritchie

Self-Employed, Pop Box Gallery, Curator, Public Art Committee Representative

Pilar Rocha-Goldberg

President/CEO of El Centro Hispano, Inc.

Arthur Rogers

Durham Library Foundation

Aya Shabu

Artist, Village of Wisdom/Whistle Stop Tours

Casey Steinbacher
Executive Director, Made in Durham
Nicole Thompson

President/CEO of
Downtown Durham Inc.

Bettina Umstead

Chair, Durham Public Schools Board of Education

Andre Vann

Archivist and Historian,
Public History Professor at
North Carolina Central University

Quay Weston

Business Owner, Designer with community non-profits

Meet the AMS Planning & Research Durham Team

AMS Planning & Research (AMS) and our local consulting partners combine decades of experience in the arts and cultural sector with a strong understanding of the Durham community to partner with the City and County of Durham to create the Durham Cultural Roadmap.

AMS’s work in hundreds of communities over 35 years and the expertise of local partners with deep roots in the community provides a strong foundation to move the project forward in a productive, inclusive and successful manner.

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Durham Central Park
Photo: Ryan Moeller