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.

Sponsors & Promotional Partners

Presenting Sponsors

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.

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.

Gold Sponsors

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.

MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM, plays THE VARIETY THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD from back in the day to today! Hear artists like Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Prince, and Bruno Mars. Start your morning started laughing with Two Men and a Mom and listen all day long, no matter where you are, when you download the free MIX 101.5 mobile app (available for iPhone and Android devices).

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 is the premier corporate and large event coordinator for the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill areas. The Spark Productions team offers a wide array of services ranging from lighting and audio-visual production to keynote speech stage setup and equipment to make your big fundraiser perfect. They pride themselves on always putting on events that are the perfect blend of fun, professionalism and class.

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.

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 an innovative, multi-year residential therapeutic community. Each day, TROSA gives more than 500 male and female substance abusers the tools and support they need to be productive, recovering individuals by providing counseling/mentoring, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care. We provide these services and housing, food, clothing, and personal care items to every resident at no charge.

Palladium Sponsors

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.

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.

Silver Sponsors

All American Gutter Protection provides free (no obligation!) estimates for gutters and gutter guards. These are both backed by a lifetime warranty, so you will never have to worry about your gutters again! 1-888-323-8090.

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!

The Courtyard by Marriott offers spacious accommodations and award-winning service near Downtown Durham and Duke University. Each of our newly renovated guest rooms features luxurious bedding, fresh new décor, and 32-inch HDTVs, in-room movies and games. We offer complimentary high-speed Wifi, The Market featuring cooked to order breakfast and Starbucks Coffee. In the evening we have freshly made light dinner as well as Beer, Wine and Cocktails. There are a wide range of restaurants just steps from our door. We are close to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Carolina Theater, Durham Convention Center, and American Tobacco Campus! We look forward to welcoming you to our relaxing Durham hotel near Duke University.

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 is a locally owned 8-times-a-year city magazine dedicated to bringing you the very best of Durham. Staffed and edited by award-winning local writers, photographers, editors, and designers, the magazine showcases personalities, food & dining, entertainment, the arts and homes in each issue.

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.

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.

The Rehab Crew offers a multitude of services to help buyers, sellers, and investors to fulfill their real estate dreams. From ownership, to investing and selling, we can help you every step of the way. We are real estate professionals dedicated to helping our customers and the communities they care most about! Our core business is the rehab of homes for the purpose of new owners, investors and sellers and the management and expertise to advise clients of the appropriate design, management and construction of homes for these various real estate transactions.

On 15 wooded acres twenty minutes from downtown Durham, Village Hearth will be a lively, supportive 55+ community of LGBTs, friends, and allies who are gathering with the intention of being good neighbors. We have designs for 28 accessible, single-story homes, complete with fully equipped kitchen, living, and dining area, and big front porches and private backyards. The common house will include an inviting terrace, kitchen, dining/meeting room, as well as laundry, guest, sitting, and exercise rooms. Gardens, trails, dog park, fire pit, art studios, and workshop will dot the natural landscape. Join now for discounts and best selection.

Whole Foods Market Durham is located in Old West Durham, directly across the street from the Duke University East Campus. Nestled in the heart of Durham, Whole Foods Market Durham has been a well-known location for organic and natural foods and an active member of the local community since 1991.

Whole Foods Market Durham prides itself on selling only the highest quality natural and organic foods and providing exceptional customer service to every guest who walks through the doors.

Since its debut in August 1995, WNCU 90.7 FM has consistently fulfilled its mission to provide quality, culturally appropriate programming to public radio listeners in the Triangle area. The format of this listener supported public radio station entertains the jazz aficionado, educates the novice jazz listener and disseminates news and information relative to the community-at-large. Keep public radio alive. Support WNCU by becoming a member today! For more information, please visit www.wncu.org or contact our Development Department to become a member or sponsor at (919) 530-7759.

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!

Bronze Sponsors

HomeAdvisor is the operator of the largest home services marketplace across the globe, providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs using True Cost Guide, find local pre screened home professionals and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor’s award-winning mobile app. Globally, HomeAdvisor owns the market leaders in Canada (HomeStars), Germany (MyHammer), France (Travaux.com), Netherlands (Werkspot), Italy (Instapro) and the UK(MyBuilder). HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC). HomeAdvisor is proud to be one of Denver’s Top Places to Work!

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.

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.

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.

Downtown Business Partners

Special Thanks

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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