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The LGBTQ Center of Durham remains committed to providing on-going support and programming for the LGBTQ+ people in Durham. With COVID-19, we have ceased operating in our physical space and we have moved our programming online. We will continue to do so until the rate of new infections in Durham sees a steady and consistent 14-day decline in numbers.
Our hope in moving to a digital landscape is to remain connected to the community in the ways possible during this global pandemic--your health and safety is our number one priority. We have been working diligently to respond to the needs of the community by creating three programs immediately after we learned of the severity of COVID-19. These include our Daily Dance Breaks, the QTPOC Rapid Response Fund, and a community of volunteers calling our LGBTQ+ elders.
Now that we are aware that social distancing will continue to be in place and will have long-term effects on our programming, we are asking the community to tell us what programming is desired. If you would like to give us guidance and help find the direction of our next steps, please consider filling out our brief survey here.
We know this is a hard and challenging time for all of us, but we know we will see the other side of this pandemic. Your continued support and enthusiasm continues to be appreciated. Please be safe.
The History of Muse Masquerade
(Edited from https://thecarrack.org/the-muse-masquerade/)
Since The Carrack opened in 2011, they held their largest annual fundraiser each October. The goal for this event is to raise enough money to cover rent and overhead expenses for one year.
In 2015 they changed the style of the fundraiser to better suit our audience. What was once a creative-black-tie gala with an art auction has become an enchanting live art and performance infused masquerade ball called The Muse Masquerade, and is hosted at downtown Durham’s 21c Museum Hotel. It has been referred to by many attendees as Durham’s party of the year.
This is a magical evening filled with music, dance, experimental performance, tarot, interactive experiences, live poetry, theater, art, and drag—reflecting and celebrating the diverse and talented community that The Carrack served and will continue with the LGBTQ Center of Durham. The party fills three different levels of the hotel.
It’s truly an immersive experience and uniquely “Durham”.
Find the full press release regarding the closing of The Carrack here.
With the full support and endorsement of The Carrack, the LGBTQ Center fo Durham is excited to move the Muse Masquerade forward as a fundraiser to support the initiatives at the LGBTQ Center of Durham including the Host Home Program and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Muse Masquerade 2020 will be on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 21C Museum Hotel.
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