What is DWAC?
The Durham West Arts Centre is a 'hub' organization working to establish links with artists, arts groups and arts lovers. We want to meet and talk to the groups and individuals who are willing to help build the infrastructure for a permanent arts centre.

Partners & Sponsors

Partner: Town of Ajax Partner: Pine RidgeArts Council Rotary Club of Pickering

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Opportunities at DWAC

Glengrove By becoming a member of the Durham West Arts Centre you are helping grow the support for a permanent performing and visual arts centre in west Durham.

For any amount above your membership, you receive a charitable receipt.

Memberships and donations help DWAC to:

  • Support arts programs in the community such as Enviromonsters, Reading and Remembrance, Expressions: Youth Interpreting Diversity through the Visual Arts and Mystery Masterpiece.

  • Help develop local artists and talents such as the annual Visual Artists’ Seminar and Kids Saturday Morning Music Madness.

  • Provide exposure for local artists, ideas and activities through DWAC's Cyber Gallery, Arts Hub, website, newsletter, contributions to PRAC's excellent ArtScene and to the local press.

  • Advocate for a permanent performing and visual arts centre with all levels of government – keeping the obvious need for arts support in the public eye

  • Seek grants, awards and sponsorships to run arts programs and activities

  • Have a temporary location to display the works of local artists, run literary and music events and to develop exhibitions that educate school children and the general public.

We cannot do all this without you!

  • Individual $25 
  • Senior/Student $20
  • Family $30
  • Arts Group $35
  • Corporate Membership please call
  • Tax receipts issued for donations over $30. Please make your cheques payable to Durham West Arts Centre.

Even while DWAC is between homes, there is need for VOLUNTEER support. Students may acquire their volunteer hours by preparing for and participating in DWAC performances and activities. Here are some things that require volunteers in the immediate future:

  • Preparing mailings for Reading and Remembrance (stuffing envelopes, addressing, putting on stamps)

  • Phone calls/emails to DWAC members to remind them of membership renewal. This may be done from your own home.

  • Research for Reading and Remembrance materials on anti-racism and Holocaust education for posting on DWAC's website. This may be done from your own home.

  • Filing. This would be done at the Executive Director's home.

  • Help increase public awareness about DWAC's Vision for a permanent performing and visual arts centre with mailings.

There are many high-profile opportunities for Corporate Sponsors and Small Businesses to:

  • Demonstrate to their customers, employees and to the community that they support the arts, including the vital local arts community

  • Sponsor popular educational arts programs for children and youth

  • Sponsor programs, exhibitions and events that highlight the rich diversity in the Ajax-Pickering community such as with Roots and Drums

  • Broaden their exposure to a broad segment of the Ajax-Pickering and larger community through the DWAC website, publications, media coverage and through wide distribution of their logos through posters, flyers and programs.

DWAC's website continues to be much visited. During the Reading and Remembrance 2006 program from Aug. to Nov. 2006, there should be 100,000 hits to the website! Corporate membership or sponsorship of a program links your business to this vital website. Become a corporate member or sponsor TODAY!

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The Durham West Arts Centre exists to create, manage, and operate a centre for the advancement and promotion of artistic disciplines, and related activities throughout the community, for the benefit of the residents of the Regional Municipality of Durham, and the Province of Ontario.

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