The Cost of Progress – 8th Annual Creative Mentorship Program Exhibit @ Golden Belt

The Durham Art Guild and Student U invite you to one of our most inspirational exhibitions of the year. Please join us for the 8th Annual Creative Mentorship Program Exhibition as we celebrate the successes of this year’s program participants and their artistic projects.

The Cost of Progress
is an exhibition displaying the work of students from DAG’s 2021 Creative Mentorship Program. Since January, Jonathan Ortiz and Rubi Govea were paired with local-professional artists, Kwaku Osei and Jaylan Rhea, to sharpen their artistic skills and create bodies of work.

Jonathan’s work challenges his initial thoughts and feelings about Durham. With photos and text that highlight the changing landscape of the city, yet embracing community, Jonathan reveals an honest look into what and who Durham really is.

Rubi’s photo series addresses the pink tax. The pink tax refers to the gender-biased upcharge on products intended for women. The price of clothing, health care items, even menstrual products are inflated, simply because they are used by women – especially if the item is pink.

The Cost of Progress celebrates the creative collaboration of our students and mentors, while giving viewers an experience worth discussing beyond gallery walls.

If you have any questions about the Creative Mentorship Program and our exhibition events, please contact DAG’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Anthony Patterson, at

How will Third Friday work at the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt Campus?

  • Up to 10 people can be in the DAG Gallery at a time. Masks and social distancing are required in the DAG Gallery for now.

  • There is also a large hall with an art exhibit outside the DAG Gallery, 25 artist studios down the hall, as well as bar and food venues with outdoor space. Please be mindful of the protocols that any of those spaces have in place.


Left image above is by Johnathan and the right image is by Rubi. The image below is a Zoom screen shot from a group meeting. The 2021 Creative Mentorship Program met virtually this year.



Friday, June 11 from 7-8pm via Zoom

Meet the students and mentors of the 2021 Creative Mentorship Program and hear about their artwork in “The Cost of Progress” exhibition.

RSVP via eventbrite for the login info : LINK HERE.


The Creative Mentorship Program
empowers high school students to discover and develop their creative voices and artistic skills through 20 weeks of dedicated work with a professional artist at Golden Belt, involvement with the local arts community through monthly group field trips and workshops, and a month-long exhibition in the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt.

Through this innovative arts education program, students and mentors work collaboratively to enhance their artistic strengths, express themselves creatively, and expand their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. 

This program is an annual collaboration between Student U and DAG that began in 2013. Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education, advocacy, and leadership to build a just and equitable Durham. We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city.

Golden Belt Campus
Mill No. 1 Building
800 Taylor St. Suite 9-157
Durham, NC 27701

Sun 12-6pm
Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm

Durham Art Guid’s Gallery at Golden Belt UPDATED Health Protocols

When visiting the gallery during public hours please note that face masks are required, only 3 people are allowed in the space at a time, and social distancing must be observed.

We appreciate your understanding. Thank you for doing your part to keep our space and our community safe!

-Durham Art Guild