The Muse Masquerade 2017

The Muse Masquerade

Friday, October 27

8PM – 2AM

21c Museum Hotel
111 North Corcoran Street
Durham, NC 27701

✦ Make yourself the mystery. 

✦ Venture into another world. 

✦ Encounter the absolutely unexpected. 

Join us on October 27 at 21c Museum Hotel Durham for an immersive evening of music, theater, dance, tarot, art, poetry, and aerials at our third annual fundraiser, The Muse Masquerade!

Funds raised at The Muse Masquerade pay artists and support The Carrack Modern Art’s mission to provide accessible community gathering space and free, zero-commission exhibit and performance opportunities to local and underrepresented artists.

Details, Details, Details

Click on sections below for information about food and drink, attire, location and parking, tickets, fundraising and more.

Performance + Experience

At The Muse Masquerade, The Carrack tranforms all three floors of 21c Museum Hotel into a music-and-art-filled labyrinth for 500 masked guests. Partygoers will be treated to a non-stop evening of entertainment, featuring…





  • Durham artist Elizabeth Chabot opens Penelope’s Room, a site-specific installation in the Vault Gallery
  • Durham Cinematheque brings film experiences
  • Illustrator Tedd Anderson draws monsters live
  • Amanda Blanchard crochets creepy creatures in the Second Floor lounge
  • Poetry Fox creates spontaneous, custom poems on a vintage typewriter on the Second Floor
  • Up-and-coming magician Cogan dazzles with card tricks
  • Artist Jaclyn Bowie‘s projections appear in the Vault
  • AND! Life-size interactive Spirit Board designed by Muse curator Kerry Crocker in the Ballroom



Winners of “Best Mask,” “Best Costume,” and “Best Group Costume” take home bragging rights and a free ticket to next year’s event! Contests are juried by Dionne Liles of Muse art + apparel, lifestyle bloggers and body positivity enthusiasts Nekeyeta Newkirk & Tierany Griffin of by KikiSol, and Durham fashion designer Katerena DePasquale of Kat Cashmere.


Have plans earlier in the evening or miss your chance to buy a ticket to The Muse Masquerade? At midnight, live performances in the Vault and Second Floor Galleries come to a close but the party continues in the Ballroom! Join us for late-night dancing with music and visuals curated by The Floor and thefacesblur from midnight to 2AM. Doors at 11:45PM. (Enter Ballroom from the lobby by the elevators.) Tickets are $10-$20 at the door, sliding scale. Cash or credit. First come, first served. Entry based on Ballroom capacity.

Of course, the dance party is included for all current Muse Masquerade ticket-holders who want to stay past midnight. No additional purchase necessary.

What This Event Supports

Proceeds raised at The Muse Masquerade support The Carrack in 2018. The Carrack was founded in 2011 and is a free, zero-commission community art space that provides exhibition and performance opportunities to underrepresented artists, and space for community-focused events. We are 100% supported by grassroots donations. Funds raised at The Muse Masquerade support the artists participating in the event and help make possible 20+ annual exhibitions, 50+ annual performances, and numerous workshops, gatherings, and events at The Carrack each year, all at no cost to artists and organizers. Most of our programming (gallery hours, bi-weekly artist talks and receptions, monthly drawing workshops/concerts/art salons and more) is also free to attend year-round.

Our goal is to raise $30,000, half of our annual operating budget, from tickets sold for The Muse Masquerade. We’ll work to raise our remaining budget through a crowdfunding campaign following the event. For more information about The Carrack and how to support this project, please visit

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


Promote your brand to 500 of Durham’s most creatively inspired guests at The Muse Masquerade while supporting its only zero-commission community art space! Find out about corporate sponsorship opportunities at

The Muse Masquerade 2017 is made possible by generous sponsorship and partnership from 21c Museum Hotel Durham, The Fruit, Hamilton Hill Jewelry, Caktus Group, Happymess ART, Durham Magazine, MAXXX Adult Emporium, Net Friends, Durham Distillery, Littler, Beverly and Robert Atwood & the Fab Femmes, Eno Ventures, The Floor, thefacesblur, Imagine Circus, Indio, Queer Youth Circus, Addled Muse, Smashing Boxes, Spoonflower, Runaway Clothes, Inhabit Real Estate, The Mark, Brothers Vilgalys Spirits, Trademark Properties, Moogfest, Downtown Durham Inc., Whole Foods Market, and numerous individuals.

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


Tickets are available for $65. The evening includes six hours of immersive entertainment on three floors of 21c Museum Hotel, including interactive performances, music, dancing, tarot, poetry, live art, and aerials.

UPDATE: Tickets are SOLD OUT. But you can still join us from Midnight – 2AM for the Late Night Muse Dance Party. Details above.


Located in the heart of downtown Durham and occupying the historic Hill Building, 21c Museum Hotel Durham is a 125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and home to Counting House restaurant.

The Muse Masquerade will be held on the ground floor “Ballroom” in the Main Gallery, the second floor Galleries, and downstairs in The Vault. Guests also have access to all that 21c has to offer, including Counting House restaurant. 21c Museum Hotel is located at 111 Corcoran St., Durham, NC 27701; the entrance is from Corcoran Street.

Food + Drink

Light hors d’oeuvres prepared by Counting House are included with your ticket. Guests are invited to order beer, wine and cocktails (including a specialty Muse cocktail) from one of three cash bars or to visit the Counting House Restaurant and Bar as they please. 21c is donating 10% of every drink purchase at The Muse Masquerade to support The Carrack’s fundraising efforts.


As in past years, costumes remain a hallmark of The Muse Masquerade. Everything from tuxedos to tutus are totally welcome, and we expect to see some Halloween costumes too! While masks and costumes are not required, guests are encouraged to don outrageous garb and, for one unpredictable night, channel their inner weirdo.

Go wild, but please be respectful. Guests wearing culturally appropriative costumes or violating indecent exposure laws will be asked to leave.

Costume Contest

This year we are raising the stakes! A 2018 Muse Masquerade ticket will be awarded for categories of best mask, best costume and best group costume by a selected panel of fashion-forward jurors. We are certain that you will want to dress to impress them.

Hotel Rooms

Stay the night! Due to 21c’s generous partnership, The Carrack is pleased to offer our Muse Masquerade guests a discounted rate for hotel rooms on the night of the event. These discounted rooms are limited! Here are all the details.


21c Museum Hotel offers valet parking for the duration of this event for $8. There are also nearby parking decks; we strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with the nearby parking options in advance of the event. Street parking is always free after 7pm. We strongly encourage you to consider parking farther away and using Uber or Lyft to get to 21c Museum Hotel.

Stay In Touch

Please join The Muse Masquerade‘s Facebook event page and invite your Facebook friends. We are constantly updating information there about what you’ll experience at The Muse Masquerade and sharing creative ideas to help you win those mask and costume contests. Please sign up for The Carrack’s email newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive regular updates about what your generosity makes possible throughout the year.