2017 Sponsorship Information

Now in its 43rd year, CenterFest 2017 will be the largest arts and community festival in Durham and the longest-running street arts festival in North Carolina. CenterFest showcases more than 140 juried visual artists and 600+ performing artists from across the U.S, great food, continuous music and entertainment, and fun, educational activities for kids and families.

Click here to learn more about CenterFest Visitor Demographics!

Click here to learn more about CenterFest 2017 sponsorship opportunities!

Durham is ranked as the top Creative Community in North Carolina according to the Creative Vitality Index™ and CenterFest, located in downtown Durham, will be surrounded by art galleries, restaurants, shops and creative entrepreneurs – a perfect setting for an event that will bring an estimated 35,000 visitors over the weekend of September 16th and 17th, 2017. This year, our media partnerships will bring an estimated $120,000 in advertising to promote the festival and our sponsors.

The Durham Arts Council is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in and access to the creation, experience, and active support of the arts for all the people of our community and this is our biggest annual event! We look forward to working with you on a sponsorship proposal that meets your marketing goals.

Call the Artist Services Department at the DAC at (919) 560-2719 or email mdemott@durhamarts.org to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!
Upcoming sponsors will be posted in summer 2017

Presenting Sponsors

The Herald-Sun, Your Local Community Newspaper, serving Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville, and Person counties. Winner of The North Carolina Press Association 2009 General Excellence Award. The Herald-Sun continues its long tradition of bringing you your local news. The Herald-Sun – We Are Durham.

Durham Arts Council has been presenting and producing CenterFest for 42 years. CenterFest is the longest running juried art show in the state, and the largest community event in Durham. In 2015 CenterFest was voted one of the top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the country by the artist membership of Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Platinum Sponsors

MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM, The Variety That Makes You Feel Good radio station is a member of the Capitol Broadcasting Company family. Listen 24/7, no matter where you are, when you download the free MIX 101.5 mobile app available on iPhone and Android devices. You can also connect and interact with us online at WRALFM.com, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

WRAL.com is North Carolina’s most visited local news site, providing breaking news, up-to-date weather, sports, business, traffic and entertainment. Download our WRAL News and Out & About apps on iPhone and Android for news and the best Triangle entertainment on the go. Watch local high school football live every Friday during the regular season starting at 6:55 p.m. on HighSchoolOT.com and the HighSchoolOT app.

Gold Sponsors

Founded in 2003, BOOM! Magazine continues to promote the interests of baby boomers throughout the Triangle with engaging articles on travel, dining, health & wellness, charity, finance, and community. This Raleigh-based lifestyle publication champions local business and individuals around us who are making a difference, staying active, and inspiring others through the stories of their life adventures. Join more than 110,000 monthly readers and pick up a copy of BOOM! or visit www.boomnc.com to read more about what makes baby boomers the hardest working and most caring generation of our time.

Under the ownership of the Rand family since 1906, Durham Coca-Cola, just like Durham, has grown and thrived over the years. Coca-Cola proudly offers the #1 soft drink in the world, #1 Diet soft drink in the world and the #1 premium brand Smart Water. The Coca-Cola Company offers a diverse portfolio of product lines with over 800 brands, including Honest Tea, PowerAde, Dasani and Smart Water, delivering 300+ brands from our local warehouse. Durham Coca-Cola is proud to be a long-term supporter of Durham Arts Council and CenterFest.

The People’s Channel is Durham’s only Public Access TV Station and Media Center. We offer people the opportunity to take classes and use our equipment for FREE to make their own shows! Check us out at ThePeoplesChannel.org.

Net Friends has been providing IT and Business services to Triangle businesses since 1998, including IT consulting, IT support, hosting of IT assets, and Quickbooks consulting, along with HR and Accounting support. Focusing on long-term relationships with local companies, they work with all types of businesses to resolve IT, Accounting, and Administrative challenges. An innovative blend of specialists, vendor partners, and experience make Net Friends the source for flexible and responsive assistance for businesses in the Triangle community.

SciMed Solutions’ experience creating custom software for the education, research and clinical communities sets them apart from other web-based application development companies. Their skill comes from a deep understanding of these fields and years of work in the industry. SciMed Solutions prides itself in leveraging its strengths to create the highest quality software solutions for their clients.

Spark Productions, the new enterprise partner of NRPNC, is happy to announce its launch this year! Spark Productions aims to provide large-scale audio/visual productions for both corporations and private events while NRPNC will manage all audio/visual equipment rental inquiries.

The Triangle Downtowner Magazine is a locally-owned and operated monthly publication that highlights the best in dining, local business, events, fashion, arts, culture, charity, and history throughout the downtown and high density areas of the Triangle. The Downtowner reaches over 115,000 readers each month through their print and online magazines along with more than 71,000 social media followers. Founded in 2005 by Sig Hutchinson and brothers Crash and Randall Gregg, the Downtowner continues to support and champion our local community. Stay informed with current and archived issues at www.WeLoveDowntown.com.

TROSA is a comprehensive two year residential substance abuse recovery program in Durham, North Carolina accepting substance abusers with one condition: they must have a strong desire to change their lives. TROSA’s program elements include vocational training, education, counseling, mentoring, leadership training, and continuing care.

Our treatment model is the Therapeutic Community, a drug-free residential setting that uses a hierarchical model with treatment stages reflecting increased levels of personal and social responsibility. The community relies on its members – both treatment staff and those in the program – as change agents. For more information on therapeutic communities, see the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.

Palladium Sponsors

The Rotary Club of Durham just celebrated its Centennial by carrying out “100 Acts of Service Above Self” — across the Durham community and the world. The Durham club is part of Rotary International, the global network with more than 1.2 million members committed to creating positive, lasting change throughout their communities and the world. Locally, the Durham club is one of the state’s oldest and largest, with more than 230 members. The Durham club partners with other city organizations to promote literacy, fight hunger, and community development.

ABC11 Eyewitness News provides 45.5 hours of local news every week, serving more than 1 million households in a 23-county area in North Carolina and Virginia. Eyewitness News also provides news, weather and sports information 24 hours a day on ABC11.com and a family of mobile apps. ABC11 WTVD is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group, which is home to all of The Walt Disney Company’s worldwide entertainment and news television properties. For more information, go to http://www.abc11.com.

Silver Sponsors

Courtyard by Marriott near Duke University/Downtown offers spacious accommodations, award-winning service and an effortless efficient relaxing stay just minutes from The City of Medicine’s Duke University, NCCU, Downtown Durham, Treyburn Office Park and RTP! As an official sponsor of CenterFest, we look forward to welcoming you to our relaxing Durham hotel.

At Rivers Agency, our specialized advertising and marketing strategy starts with you. Our first priority is to get to know your business, your vision and your goals. Our ad agency’s integrated marketing, communications and creative services are tailored to fit your needs and implemented by our talented and hard-working team of professionals. We are a North Carolina advertising agency who aims to earn your trust and then exceed your expectations.

B. Wallace Design & Construction, a local Durham home builder specializing in charming communities of historically inspired high quality homes, is very excited to announce our latest community – Emorywood by B.Wallace. Conveniently located close to Downtown Durham, The American Tobacco Trail, RTP, Southpoint, and many other amenities, Emorywood is a unique opportunity for anyone looking for a new home that will truly reflect their personal style. To learn more about our Emorywood community, or about the B.Wallace experience, please visit us online or at Centerfest this year!

Gastro Pub serving American & Irish Faire- refined eclectic cooking, with a wide variety of seasonal beers, traditional favorites, and liquor. Sponsor of this year’s CenterFest Food and Beer Garden.

Carolina Woman, the magazine for women in the Triangle, is celebrating its 23rd year of publication with 100,000 readers. The magazine, a longtime supporter of Centerfest, is locally owned, operated and edited.

Carolina Woman is the talk of the town at www.carolinawoman.com and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

A trusted source on fashion, food, money, career, health and other must-know topics, Carolina Woman is available everywhere women go. Five hundred pickup locations include restaurants, gyms, shops, medical offices, colleges and libraries. The magazine is also distributed at dozens of popular community events – like Centerfest!

Downtown Durham Inc. is an organization that serves as a catalyst for downtown revitalization. We focus on 5 main areas that include Economic Development, Parking, Appearance, Safety and Promotion. We provide assistance for small and large businesses alike, and welcome the opportunity for you to find out more about our organization by calling us at 919.682.2800 or visiting our website at www.downtowndurham.com.

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed five times in the top 10 in Pollstar magazine’s annual worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #3 ranked theater in the U.S.

What is up next at DPAC? Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning masterpiece, RENT (Oct. 11-16), a stage adaption of one of the greatest urban films of all time, LOVE JONESTHE MUSICAL (Oct. 18) and 2015 winner of five Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, FUN HOME (Oct. 25-30).

For more information please go to www.DPACnc.com.

Durham Magazine — staffed and edited by award-winning local writers, photographers, editors, and designers — reflects the dynamic Durham community. The publication’s goal is to chronicle the stories, concerns and interests of the people of Durham by covering the city in all its dynamic excitement and diversity.

James Hardie advanced ColorPlus® Technology finishes deliver the ultimate in aesthetics and performance. Our color specialists designed a full selection of colors to cast your home in the most romantic light. This combination beautifully captures the home’s character. Imagine choosing from over 20 inspiring colors to express your personality.

Renewal by Andersen is the replacement window division of Andersen Corporation, a company that’s been innovating windows for more than 110 years. As part of the family of companies that make up Andersen Corporation – a name synonymous with quality – you can be sure we’ll be here when you need us.

As part of a company with over a century of window and door expertise, we are committed to providing you with an exceptional replacement experience where we treat you, your family and your home with the utmost respect now and well into the future.

WorkSmart is the leading business IT management and support provider in the Carolinas. We simplify IT by using the right mix of people, systems and technologies. WorkSmart provides computer, network and software support, business continuity planning, enterprise mobility consulting, data security and disaster recovery services from our Durham headquarters and our regional offices in Greensboro and Charlotte. WorkSmart acts an extension of client organizations, supporting users through remote help desk and on-site IT support, and business goals through strategic consulting. www.worksmart.com

As an NPR member station, WUNC is a trusted source of objective and transformational content reflecting our region and expanding our collective understanding of the global community. North Carolina Public radio strives to influence public life by focusing on civic and cultural issues. WUNC creates original programming that reflects the diversity and range of opinion in North Carolina. Our goal is to be connected with the community. The station provides consistently high quality public service programming presented with integrity. WUNC is found on radio station 91.5 in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area; at 91.9 Fayetteville; 88.9 Manteo; 90.9 Rocky Mount and 91.1 Welcome.

Yelp connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across 32 countries. By the end of Q1 2016, Yelpers had written approximately 102 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Download the app today and start finding great local Triangle businesses!

No need to get up— Panera Bread is now delivering in Raleigh. Sit back, relax and we’ll deliver your Panera favorites right to your home or office. No lines, no wait, no pressure. Ordering is fast, easy and convenient at PaneraBread.com or in our mobile apps, where you can order in advance, choose your delivery time and save your favorites. Try it today!

Bronze Sponsors

Closetbox offers self storage without lifting a finger. Free pickup. Secure storage. Returned on demand.

CenterFest Breakfast Sponsor

Ninth Street Bakery’s mission is to provide organic, healthy products to the local community. Today, Ninth Street Bakery is a proud member of the Downtown Durham and Triangle communities. Their bakery products can be found in a number of local grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Burlington, and as far west as Greensboro. Their downtown Durham cafe has offered pastries, coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads, and awesome lunch specials for over 20 years.

The North Carolina Songwriters Co-op (NCSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of songwriters in the state of North Carolina. NCSC supports beginning and established songwriters by sponsoring performance opportunities and hosting events such as songwriter showcases and informational workshops.

Saladelia is all about fresh, homemade food from scratch. We pay close attention to every last detail of your catering order, from the ripeness of the tomatoes, and the crispness of the lettuce, to the freshness of the herbs. We offer delicious, home-made Mediterranean cuisine using fresh, local and organic ingredients: Sandwiches, salads, soups, specialty entrées and Mediterranean meza platters. A tempting array of house-made cakes, desserts, cookies and pastries. Gourmet coffee bar, fresh organic smoothies, beer and wine selection. Hot dinner entrées cooked fresh daily, weekend brunch. Special events including live jazz and artwork displays from local artists.

We know you don’t buy a home every day. At Terra Nova we believe extraordinary experiences deserve extraordinary service. We are celebrating 20 years of offering full service real estate services for Buyers and Sellers in the Triangle. Our focus is on finding you the right home, the right commercial space, the right piece of land, or whatever your real estate needs may be. Terra Nova – When an ordinary real estate company just won’t do!

Downtown Business Partners

Special Thanks

Durham Arts Council thanks the City of Durham for its leadership in supporting the arts for our community.

Thanks to the Durham Convention Center for accommodating our street closures and for working with us to create a successful CenterFest!

Durham Arts Council wishes to thank Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau for their tremendous marketing support for CenterFest which helps make it a success for our community.

Durham Parks and Recreation for their support of CenterFest activities in CCB Plaza.

Austin Lawrence Partners for the use of the South Bank Parking Lot.

Measurement, Inc. for the use of their parking lots.

Self Help Credit Union for providing use of parking lot space near Ninth Street Bakery.