Friday, October 14, 2011

Corporate and Foundation Support of DPAC Continues

Recognizing the Durham Performing Arts Center’s (DPAC) positive impact on Durham and the Triangle area, three corporations and two major foundations recently gave more than $80,000 in naming rights contributions and support to the nationally ranked theater. 

Merck & Co. Inc. is sponsoring the Technical Director’s Office, Burt’s Bees is supporting the Grand Tier West Concessions, and the F.M. Kirby Foundation is naming the General Manager’s Office. Additionally, the Biddle Foundation is providing funds for DPAC operational needs, and IBM has donated a computer server to improve DPAC’s technological capabilities.

DPAC continues to surpass attendance and revenue projections and was recently ranked the #3 performing arts venue in the nation based on ticket sales. “It is very rewarding to have the companies and foundations of this stature behind the Triangle’s premier arts venue,” said Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell. “It is a clear indicator of our achievements to date and validation of our vision for the future.”

The Durham Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art performance hall located in Downtown Durham at the American Tobacco Campus.  It has the largest stage and seating capacity of any theater in the Carolinas.  The DPAC, which opened in the fall of 2008, has hosted numerous Broadway plays, musicians, comedians, and the American Dance Festival.  The DPAC is owned by the City of Durham and is operated by a partnership of PFM and Nederlander. 

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