Great community events happen with the support of many partnerships; key among those is the generous support of sponsors. Durham Arts Council is grateful for the partnership, energy and support of its CenterFest 2018 Official Sponsors (see below). Learn more about becoming a 2019 sponsor of Durham’s signature arts festival

Sponsors & Promotional Partners

Presenting Sponsors

Durham Arts Council has been presenting and producing CenterFest for 44 years. CenterFest is the longest running juried art show in the state, and the largest community event in Durham. CenterFest has been voted one of the top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the country by the artist membership of Sunshine Artist Magazine for the last three years.

Erie Insurance is proud to present Durham’s 44th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival. For more than 90 years, ERIE has been providing the auto, home, life and business coverage you need – all at a great price. See why more than 90% of customers stay with ERIE year after year. Let us help you protect what matters most. Talk to an ERIE Agent in the Triangle or get a quote at Erie Insurance!

Platinum Sponsors

The Herald-Sun, Exclusive Newspaper Sponsor of CenterFest, is your local community newspaper serving Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville and Person counties. Follow us for daily local breaking news, opinion columns, videos, sports and more. Get news updates and expanded coverage online at

Gold Sponsors

Durham Coca-Cola and the Rand Family, a community based, family owned business, have supported the Durham Arts Council and CenterFest since its inception, and have proudly sponsored the Citizen’s Choice Award since 2009. As consumer tastes change, our full and diverse brand portfolio continues to grow, currently we offer over 400 products locally to appeal to an ever evolving consumer landscape. Our portfolio consists not only of our core brands including iconic Coca-Cola but have expanded to include Dasani and Smartwater, along with Hubert’s Lemonade and Honest Tea, Fairlife Milk, and hundreds of others brands that ensure we have a product to appeal and satisfy all tastes and preferences. We invite you to visit the Coca-Cola tent for a free balloon for the little ones and sample some of our new and innovative brands. Cheers!
CenterFest Booth: at CCB Plaza

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, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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
CenterFest Booth: D15

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 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

Silver Sponsors

All American Gutter Protection provides free, no-obligation, estimates on gutter guards and seamless gutters. Our gutter guards are guaranteed to end your gutter cleaning for good! Call us today to set up your free inspection 1-888-323-8090.
CenterFest Booth: A21

Bull McCabe’s is a 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.

Camp Bow Wow Chapel Hill was voted the Best Doggie Day Care in Durham County! Our services include All-day play, boarding, training and grooming services. We have four spacious indoor and outdoor play yards; large cozy cabins; nighttime Campfire Treat, and Webcams. Best of all we have all-inclusive pricing! Our staff are trained in dog behaviors and pet first aid. Your pup will enjoy lots of TLC from our Camp Counselors and the first day is always Free!
CenterFest Booth: A04

Camp Gladiator is an outdoor fitness company whose mission is “To positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.” The company is dedicated to transforming lives through dynamic, fun and challenging workouts led by amazing Trainers who inspire you to discover your best self at a location convenient to you with over 100 locations in the RDU area.
CenterFest Booth: F07

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 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.

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
CenterFest Booth: F05

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) 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 annually among the top five in Pollstar magazine’s worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is the #2 ranked theater in the U.S.

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone,” hosting more than 200 performances a year, including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), since 2011 DPAC has been listed as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.

For more information please go to
CenterFest Booth: A06

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. Durham Magazine also produces a four day annual culinary event, TASTE, and publishes an annual Visitors & Relocation Guide.

The motto of the Rotary Club of Durham is “Service Above Self” with members who are “People of Action”. Our club is part of Rotary International, the global network of more than 1.2 million members committed to creating positive and lasting change in our communities and around the world. With over 200 members, our local club partners with local organizations to do service projects in our community, especially focusing on Youth, Literacy, Hunger and Community Development, in addition to international projects for water and sanitation, maternal care, and literacy. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Durham for their investment of volunteer hours in CenterFest 2018!
CenterFest Booth: B50

Since its debut in August 1995,WNCU, 90.7 FM, licensed to North Carolina Central University, 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.
CenterFest Booth: A02

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.

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. Listen to our new music stream at Discover New Music and Local Music. Every Day Every Hour Something New.

Bronze Sponsors

Kay Gresham is a long-time supporter of the arts and of CenterFest. She has served on or is currently serving on many local boards, including Durham Arts Council, YMCA, Durham Technical Community College, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, The Forest at Duke, Durham Rotary Club and more. She is Vice President of The Gresham Pottenger Stark Group. Thank you, Kay!

Morningstar Law Group is a full-service business law firm offering a complete suite of services in multiple practice areas. The heart of the firm is service. Simply put, clients come first. Always. By minimizing internal infrastructure and non-attorney personnel, we operate a low-overhead, high-touch model focused around partner-level attention to legal problems. We see clients as partners, not just customers, and tailor our scope of services to their needs, with the goal of gaining a deep understanding of their business in order to provide high quality, valuable legal advice.

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 simple and honest food prepared with authentic, local, and seasonal ingredients. We are firm believers that everyone should be able to enjoy a healthy and flavorful meal with comfort and convenience. All of our dishes are made from scratch with Mediterranean flare, from savory soups and salads to specialty entrees and mezza platters. We offer a full gourmet coffee bar as well as a local beer and wine selection. Be sure to check out our special events, including live jazz and local art displays. Get your yum on the run at one of our five convenient locations, or have us cater your next celebration. Saladelia – Durham grown, Durham owned for 30 years

TCR: Triangle Cellular Repair is the leading cell phone and tablet repair company in the Triangle. We are locally owned and operated by Durham natives and have six locations. We strive to provide excellent customer service and find solutions to get you reconnected. We fix Apple, Samsung, Motorola, LG devices and more. Most repairs are under 20 minutes. No appointments necessary. We use the highest quality parts, are competitively priced, and have a great selection of accessories. We also buy and sell phones as well as offer many partnership opportunities – visit for more details. Call (919) 263-2699 or come visit us today!

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.