Dan Dunn's PaintJam Live at the Thurber Arts Center

Posted by Sue Samuels - 24 August, 2017

Dan Dunn.jpgRandolph celebrates National Arts in Education Week, September 11-15 with a series of evening events that are open to the public.

We kick off the week with speed-painter Dan Dunn, who has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and whose fans include Sir Richard Branson, Ellen DeGeneres and the NFL.

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, whether at home, at school, or in the community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and community.

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

Randolph is the  only school in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to celebrate National Arts in Education Week. We are bringing three nationally renowned artists to campus for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

Dan Dunn's PaintJam

Dan Dunn, a pioneer of the speed-painting style, has been captivating audiences with his performance art for over 10 years. Dan fuses art and entertainment for an unforgettable experience by creating paintings right before your eyes, leaving his audience gasping in delight when the finished product is revealed. He has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and been featured at the Superbowl pre-game show.

Dunn has made his living solely from his art since he was 19-years-old.  A graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he has a background in painting, illustration, design and caricature spanning over 30 years. 

On Monday, September 11 at 7 p.m. Dunn will present his high-energy show “Dan Dunn’s PaintJam” in the Thurber Arts Center auditorium, creating three different canvasses, one of which will recognize the significance of 9/11, one which represents the City of Huntsville, and one which celebrates a legendary rock musicians.

Each canvas takes 10-15 minutes to create. Dunn paints to music and interacts with the crowd while painting. Hunstville’s own Black Market Haggis will perform before and after the speedpaint show to make this an exciting and enjoyable evening. The works Dunn creates will be auctioned off with auctioneer Jay Short following the show.

Tickets are $25/adults and $15/students with ID. 

The School is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors of our celebration of Arts in Education Week.


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Topics: Arts, music, Thurber Arts Center, National Arts in Education Week, black market haggis

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