The Carrack Modern Art

    The Carrack is an artist-centered, zero-commission, community art space in Durham, North Carolina.

    Take The Carrack from Shoestring to Sustainable

    Since 2011, The Carrack has provided free, zero-commission space for over 150 exhibitions, 500 performances, and countless grassroots community events. Help us sustain this project.

     Durham, NC, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas


    We at The Carrack believe art is an invaluable community asset – a resource for sparking dialogue, cultivating and strengthening unexpected relationships, and affecting change. 

    For six years, our gallery space in Durham, NC has presented a new exhibition every two weeks, as well as frequent performances, workshops and creative gatherings. All artists and organizers use our space for free, have complete creative freedom in determining the presentation of their work, and keep 100% of what they make from sales. 

    We seek to support artists who are emerging, experimenting, producing temporal and/or site-specific work, and who are committed to building an equitable and collaborative arts community. 

    The Carrack works with a wide-ranging network of artists, arts organizations, and Triangle residents. We accept proposals for exhibits, events, and performances through an artist-juried process and provide an affirming space in which emergent and marginalized artists share their work with a broader community. We are funded entirely by donations and depend on a team of volunteers and part-time staff.


    Over The Carrack’s six years, Durham has shifted from quiet to bustling, and from overlooked to a nationally known cultural and economic center. Amidst these rapid changes, The Carrack has become a crucial platform for experimentation, conversation, and connection through the arts.

    Today, we recognize the urgent need to use that organizational power to address the role of the arts in urban development and gentrification. Through new conversations and community-centered programming, residencies, public art projects, and artist-led outreach, we will continue to lift up Durham’s flourishing independent arts scene while galvanizing its actors to collaborate towards more equitable community growth. 

    It’s become impossible to do this while surviving on a month-to-month shoestring budget. In order to commit fully to this new direction, we need a more sustainable model for The Carrack.

    Immediate Goals
    • Create a new staff position dedicated to focusing on Community Engagement and Equity across all Carrack programs
    • Increase wages for current part-time staff 
    • Begin building a salary for a new full-time Director
    • Increase our budget for paid, contracted work by artists
      • The Carrack does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. The Carrack, like many art institutions, is a predominantly white space, and in an effort to decolonize dominant cultures of intersectional oppression, we encourage queer and trans artists of color to apply for any and all positions in our organization.
    • Become a 501c3 organization to increase eligibility for grant funding

    Our fundraising plan this year has three parts: our annual fundraising event, The Muse Masquerade; our ongoing monthly giving program; and this year-end fundraising campaign. 

    $ The Nitty Gritty $
    The Carrack currently has a fixed operating budget of approximately $60,000 annually. This represents around $5,000 in monthly expenses, composed of $1,300 for waged labor, plus an average of $450 for outside labor such as accounting and design; space rental at $1,200; approximately $500 for office and overhead expenses; $300 in exhibit expenses, including repair and maintenance of the gallery; $200 in marketing and outreach; and several hundred in miscellaneous other expenses, such as administrative fees. The remaining $10,000 of the current annual budget is composed of less frequent expenses, such as tax preparation, event costs, website design, equipment purchases, and other items that occur annually or semi-annually, rather than monthly.

    The Great News
    We met our goal for The Muse Masquerade and raised $30,000 from ticket sales and sponsorship. Annual operational support is also provided by 81 “sustainers” who currently, as a group, contribute a collective total of $13,500 in the form of monthly $5+ gifts; our annual “RED DOT” art exhibit, in which artists donate small works to be sold for our benefit; as well as one-time contributions made by local individuals and corporate sponsors.

    Combined, these provide our modest budget of $60,000 to support rent, lights, supplies and basic staffing. 


    While survival is an accomplishment, it is time to face the reality of what it means to keep The Carrack's doors open. To sustain The Carrack and grow in this new direction of arts-led community organizing, we need to bring on new staff and increase part-time staff pay. Funds raised through this campaign will allow us to start the year with financial integrity so that we can work towards these goals. 

    Join us in continuing to support the work of artists in our community and help us take The Carrack from shoestring to sustainable. 

    Special thanks to Ned Philips for helping us put together the video, and to all team members, artists, and photographers who created the art and captured the featured images. In order of appearance: Alyssa Miserendino, Carin Walsh, Kerry Crocker, Jon Fuller, Dionne Liles, Chris Vitiello, Claudia Corletto, Sass.Art, Luke Demarest and Blackspace, The Draw, NC: Food Youth Initiative, Jasmyn Milan and @KingPhill_, Celia Gray and Jennifer Curtis, Kulsum Tasnif, Anna Renee Ohe and Robin Spohr, Linda Belans and Leah Sobsey, Nico Amortegui and Gabriela Rozenberg, Mark Little, André Leon Gray, Shane Charles Smith.

    The Carrack is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Carrack must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


    High Fives + Hugs!

    Donate $5.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Every bit really counts. We're so thankful for any amount you're able to give and can't wait to show you our gratitude with a hug or a high five the next time you visit The Carrack.

    Carrack Sticker

    Donate $10.00 or more

    Amount over $3.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a gift of $10 or more, you receive a Carrack "C" sticker to decorate your car, laptop, cell phone, forehead, friend's forehead - rep your support anywhere!

    Estimated Delivery: February 2018

    Mystery Art

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Give $25 or more and you will receive an original work of art by a local artist, selected just for you by The Carrack team.

    Estimated Delivery: February 2018


    Donate $30.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Rep your local arts community everywhere you go! For $30 or more, receive a tote bag with The Carrack's logo and "THE ARTS ARE FOR EVERYONE" printed on the front.

    Estimated Delivery: February 2018

    Limited Edition RUNAWAY® "Muse" Shirt

    Donate $40.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Our long-time partners at RUNAWAY have designed a limited edition, custom shirt in honor of our third annual fundraiser, The Muse Masquerade. Shirts are available in two different styles, tank tops and unisex t-shirts, white on black or purple on black, in sizes S-XXL. 
    See the design on our website at

    Estimated Delivery: February 2018

    Advanced Copy of The Carrack Yearbook

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $25.00 is tax-deductible.

    For the first time ever, we are producing a Carrack Yearbook! This is our take on a printed exhibition catalog. The Yearbook will include our 2017 Season exhibitions and special features of performances and events that happened in the space this year. 

    Estimated Delivery: January 2018

    The Carrack Yearbook + Your Name in Print

    Donate $75.00 or more

    Amount over $25.00 is tax-deductible.

    Receive a copy of the 2017 Carrack Yearbook and see your name in print! Donors at this level will be listed on a special Thank You page at the front of the book. 

    The Carrack Yearbook is our take on a printed exhibition catalog. The Yearbook will include our 2017 Season exhibitions and special features of performances and events that happened in the space this year. 

    Estimated Delivery: January 2018

    The Carrack Yearbook + Your Name in Print + Signing Party

    Donate $150.00 or more

    Amount over $35.00 is tax-deductible.

    $150 covers The Carrack's marketing expenses for one month. 

    Donors at the $150+ level receive an advance copy of the 2017 Carrack Yearbook featuring their name on Thank You page and an invitation to attend a special "Yearbook Signing Party" during our 2018 January Community Show. Join with other patrons and artists to trade signatures and memories while you enjoy food and drink from local vendors.

    The event also includes a special presentation by Carrack Director Laura Ritchie that looks back at our 2017 programming. 

    Durham Arts Tour + Tote Bag

    Donate $300.00 or more

    Amount over $35.00 is tax-deductible.

    $300 covers one month of programming at The Carrack. 

    Grab a friend and hop on a bus for a tour of the arts in Durham! The Carrack team will introduce you to some of our favorite collaborators on and off the beaten path with stops at galleries and art spaces, interviews with local artists, and behind-the-scenes looks at what makes this art community tick. All Art Tour guests will go home with The Carrack's custom THE ARTS ARE FOR EVERYONE Tote Bag.

    Estimated delivery: Spring 2018, Date TBA
    Redeemable for 2. 

    Create with Cocktails

    Donate $600.00 or more

    Amount over $60.00 is tax-deductible.

    $600 covers a month of utilities, insurance, and administrative support at The Carrack.

    Did you know that The Carrack's Director used to lead art classes at Happymess Art Studios? Bring a friend and join us for this fun throwback event! Create your own original work of art in a painting class guided by Laura at The Carrack with cold-weather cocktails curated by Brothers Vilgalys Spirits. After you're done painting, BVS mixologists will teach you to make the cocktail you enjoyed during the class. 

    All art materials provided by Happymess Art Studios, Classes and Supplies. 

    Estimated Delivery: February 2018, Date TBA
    Redeemable for 2.

    Dinner with The Director

    Donate $1,200.00 or more

    Amount over $75.00 is tax-deductible.

    $1200 covers a month of rent at The Carrack.

    You put a roof over our head, and we'll put one over yours! Join Carrack Director Laura Ritchie and her partner for dinner in their home with other donors at this level. The evening will begin with cocktails in the backyard followed by a three-course meal prepared by a local celebrity chef. 

    Estimated delivery: Spring 2018, Date TBA
    Redeemable for 2.