Sponsors & Promotional Partners

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 2019 Official Sponsors (see below). Learn more about becoming a 2019 sponsor of Durham’s signature arts festival



Presenting Sponsors

Duke Performances is the performing arts presenting organization at Duke University. Each year, they produce 80-100 can’t-miss performances spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, indie rock, international music, theater, and dance. Drawing on the resources of a leading research university and an invigorated Durham community, Duke Performances serves as a space for reflection, a laboratory for creative and critical inquiry, and a place for socially engaged art.

Duke Performances’ 2019/20 season is an extraordinary roster of presentations highlighting the influence musical & cultural heritage has on the creative process. Committing to a program of distinct commemorations from inimitable creators illustrates Duke Performances’ enthusiastic acknowledgment of its responsibility to Duke University, Durham, and North Carolina’s vast arts ecosystem. Duke Performances has accepted the call for essential and immersive programming that advances discussions surrounding the power of art. Fittingly, “Art Powered” delivers an incomparable season of significant firsts, dedicatory reflection, and cathartic storytelling.



Durham Arts Council has been presenting and producing CenterFest for 45 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.



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

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.

We develop business-changing, culture-defining, award-winning ideas for brands and support arts everywhere. Consistently ranked in the top 10 among North Carolina agencies, Rivers Agency has been recognized with honors from creative awards including the Davey Awards from The Academy of Interactive Visual Arts (AVIA), The Addy Awards and The W3 Awards. Our company maintains a diverse roster of world-class clients–many dedicated to arts–and it’s an honor to once again help support the Centerfest Arts Festival. For more information, riversagency.com

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
CenterFest Booth: D15

Palladium Sponsors

As an NPR member station, WUNC is a trusted source of objective and transformational content reflecting our region and expanding our understanding of the global community. We strive to influence public life by focusing on civic and cultural issues. WUNC creates original programming reflecting North Carolina’s range and diversity and is 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 WUNCmusic.org. Discover New Music and Local Music. Every Day Every Hour Something New.

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.

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

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 décor, and HDTVs with in-room movies and games. Guests may enjoy complimentary high-speed WiFi, and a Market offering freshly made sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages. Additionally, there are a wide range of restaurants just steps from our door. We are close to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Carolina Theatre, Durham Convention Center, and American Tobacco Campus. We look forward to welcoming you to our relaxing Durham hotel near Duke University!

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

Pella Carolina is an independent Pella Select Contractor — They take pride in only offering the best. That’s why they’re excited to bring you Pella windows and doors. Pella products feature exceptional beauty, durability and energy efficiency — and are available in your choice of wood, fiberglass or vinyl. Why put off your home improvement project any longer? Pella Carolina can add quality to your home — and your life! Call Pella Carolina at 919-859-9881 or visit their website at pella-northcarolina.com for your free consultation today!

Since its debut in August 1995, WNCU, 90.7 FM, licensed to North Carolina Central University, has consistently fulfilled its mission to provide quality, cultural programming to public radio listeners in the Triangle area and abroad. 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. Listen, engage and support online at www.wncu.org and download our mobile app to take us wherever you are!

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. worksmart.com

Bronze Sponsors

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

Downtown Business Partners