IMPORTANT UPDATE – Swing Into Spring Goes Online! (and other COVID-19 information)

  • Posted on March 13, 2020

  • News

In light of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and recommendations regarding large gatherings, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Swing Into Spring Arts Celebration + Fundraiser event scheduled for March 27. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists and community are important to us.

However, we are now moving forward with the entire auction component ONLINE! You can still participate in Swing Into Spring and support our annual fundraiser that is essential to sustaining our programs and operations this year. This event typically accounts for 25% of our revenue.

What do you do when you and the arts organization you love and support are facing a challenge? You get CREATIVE!

We are pivoting the event to be completely online. This should be FUN and NEW and we also have the opportunity to reach even MORE people than our in-person event can sustain, which will be FANTASTIC! Stay tuned for additional exciting details early next week as we quickly whip together a whole new kind of Swing Into Spring!

Our Swing Into Spring Committee, staff and volunteers have been working hard the last few months compiling some amazing packages and experiences for you to bid on at Swing Into Spring. And, last week we had over 70 generous artists donate some fabulous original artwork to our event’s silent auction, which are currently on view in SunTrust Gallery.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and your patience as we work through these changes. Your support and encouragement along the way will fill our hearts with joy.


Durham Art Guild

EVENT TICKETS – We are currently working out ticket details, but for now we strongly encourage you to still chip in a $25 ticket (now all tax-deductible donations) or make a donation in ANY amount in support of our event.

Additional important details regarding COVID-19:

We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will follow the guidance of the directors and facility managers of the Durham Arts Council building, where our SunTrust Gallery is located and the Golden Belt Campus, where our other primary gallery is located. Durham Art Guild will not be hosting other public gatherings in the interim including our 3rd Friday receptions previously scheduled for March 20. The Durham Arts Council building will continue to stay open at present, but with reduced programming, to continue to provide access to arts groups and the public. The Golden Belt Campus is also continuing to stay open at present for regular public hours. Both of these facilities have increased their sanitation efforts and are following other recommended protocols. We will notify our community of any additional changes as we are made aware.

The best way to respond to this public health threat is to avoid exposure and take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of the virus. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and advice for your specific location, please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and local county public health agencies.

Information and Recommendations for Individuals and Families from NCDHHS, click HERE.

Durham County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information, click HERE.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Information, click HERE.