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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
February 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Free; no registration required. All are welcome!
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States

Celebrate the grand opening of the Ruby! The entire arts center will come alive for this special occasion featuring music, Monuts, and swag. Stop in for performances by Small Town Records student bands, and student dance groups. See Biscuit Station, an interactive pop-up art installation by Raleigh artist Bill Thelen and What is Home?, a student art exhibition organized by duArts; make a screen print with Durham artist Bill Fick and DJs from WXDU; and check out 3D printing and laser cutting in the Ruby’s Co-Lab makerspace. Watch Dance Program Repertory rehearsals, works in creation for Choreolab (April 13–14), the program’s signature spring concert. Leading-edge Australian choreographer Antony Hamilton and sound artist and dancer Alisdair Macindoe will also offer a sneak peek of MEETING, the Duke Performances premiere in the Ruby.

Other party perks include:

  • Spontaneous poems by Poetry Fox
  • Student film screenings curated by the Arts of the Moving Image Program
  • Dance workshops and performances offered by student dance groups
  • Free Ruby Hot Chocolate Bar at the Nasher Museum of Art (just across the street!)
  • Free sweet and salty snacks
  • Free Ruby Roast coffee and espresso drinks by Joe Van Gogh
  • Photo booth
  • . . . and more!


Ongoing Activities (1–4 pm)

  • Architect Meet & Greet
  • Student Arts Groups: Meet & Greet & Monuts
  • Student Dance Council Showcase
  • Student Film Showcase
  • Live Music Set by Small Town Records
  • Screen Printing with WXDU
  • WXDU Radio Station Studio Tours
  • Biscuit Station Art Installation
  • Makerspace Tours with Innovation Co-Lab
  • Media Production Studio Tours
  • T-Shirt Screen Printing
  • What is Home? Student Art Exhibition
  • PARLIAMENT: Performance Art Piece Meet & Greet
  • Poetry Fox
  • Photo Booth by ZimZoon

Select Times Only:

  • MEETING Performance Q&A
    1:30 pm & 3:00 pm
  • Dance Program Repertory Rehearsals:
    1-2 pm Ballet Repertory; 2-3 pm African Dance Repertory; 3-4 pm Modern Dance Repertory
  • SLIPPAGE Lab  sound/play/space
    2-3:30 pm *Entrance to sound/play/space every 15 minutes beginning at 2pm.

Free Food!

  • Ruby-colored popcorn
  • Chocolate covered bacon
  • Monuts
  • Locopops
  • Ruby hot chocolate by the Nasher Museum of Art (across Campus Drive at the Anderson Street entrance)
  • Espresso & Ruby Roast coffee by Joe Van Gogh (near Campus Drive entrance)


The first 50 people at the opening party will receive a limited-edition silver and Duke blue poster commemorating the opening of the Rubenstein Arts Center by local visiting artist Bill Thelen!

Rubenstein Arts Center at night.
We invited a team of Duke dancers, musicians, artists, and Hoof 'n' Horn singers to break in the Ruby for us—this video captures the first moments of creativity in the arts center!

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