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.
CenterFest Booths: A06 & F13

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

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.

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,

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 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

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 program that empowers people with substance use disorders to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, experiential vocational training, education, and continuing care. We are a licensed facility dedicated to providing quality care and services.

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 Discover New Music and Local Music. Every Day Every Hour Something New.
CenterFest Booth: A23

Silver 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

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.

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!

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

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. For more information please go to
CenterFest Booth: A04

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.

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 for your free consultation today!
CenterFest Booth: B46

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 2019!
CenterFest Booth: B48

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 and download our mobile app to take us wherever you are!
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.

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!

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

The Blue Note Grill, Triangle Blues Society, and the Exchange Club’s Blues & Brews Festival are teaming up to support blues music at CenterFest in Durham! Saturday 2pm – 6pm at the CenterStage. Keep the blues alive: catch great Blues music weekly at Blue Note Grill, support Triangle Blues Society, and don’t miss the Durham Blues & Brews Festival May 16, 2020!

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 7 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 or call (919) 263-2699 for more details!

WCPE 89.7, The Classical Station makes Great Classical Music available to everyone near and far, providing Classical music available 24 hours a day, every day with knowledgeable host introducing the works with interesting facts to inspire listeners.

Downtown Business Partners