The arts play a vital role in nurturing creativity, collaboration, innovation and learning at Davidson College.

The office of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement (DACE) strives to integrate the arts into the daily lives of our students, faculty and staff. We support and work closely with the departments who foster intellectual and artistic growth of the visual, performing and literary arts at Davidson College. Specifically, we provide funding support annually to the programs of English, Theatre, Music, Art, Dance, and Film and Media Studies. To enrich the community through the arts, we offer grant opportunities to students, faculty and staff. These funds are made possible through the generosity of our members of Friends of the Arts – those who give to the Visual, Literary and Performing arts through the Fund for Davidson.

Grant Opportunities

Arts Fellows

Students have the opportunity to engage with the arts during their time at Davidson. Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement offers a myriad of ways for students to create and produce programs in the arts.

The Arts Fellows is a paid internship program that is under the direction of Sherry Nelson and focuses on arts administration, creating and sharing passion for the arts, and arts advocacy.  In this group, you will find support for various student-centered programs in the arts.

Meet The Arts Fellows

  • Rebecca Pempek ‘20, Spike! Grant Manager
  • Makayla Binter ‘20, Producer
  • Angelina Gurrola ‘20, Artistic Independent Research (AIR) Grant Manager
  • Ella Sams ‘20 Outreach and Special Project Manager
  • Adelle Patten ‘21, Art Cart Coordinator
  • Landin Eldridge ‘21, Fringe and Special Projects Manager

Art Cart

The Art Cart began as a project of the Duke Endowment Resiliency Grant. It was originally created with the help of the Davidson College Health Advisers to encourage expression as a means of stress reduction and creative play for inner resiliency.

Because of the initial popularity of our first Art Cart, our campus was lucky enough to create a second one! Now we have two amazing carts designed for free play and expression. Check out our Art Carts on Instagram, @davidsonartcart.

The Art Cart is staffed by a team of creatives. These students work to create art activities at events or in public spaces on campus. These carts can often be found in and around Knobloch Campus Center and E.H. Little Library. If you are interested in working as a creative or arts facilitator, or would like the art cart at your event, please email Adelle Patten,, Art Cart Coordinator.

Davidson Arts & Creative Engagement

  • p: 704-894-2101

Mailing Address

Box 7176
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035