The Muse Masquerade 2015

ticketprint1-500x636Please find out about the 2016 Muse Masquerade here.

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The Carrack is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, 501(c)(3) public charity, and contributions for the purposes of The Carrack are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


350 choose-your-price tickets went fast and we have now reached capacity entirely, even after a second run of tickets were released. We feel really loved by this community and are so pleased by the response we have received. Every contribution makes an impact and we are so grateful for all of your support.

We still need your help to reach our fundraising goal. 

We only do a community fundraiser once a year, so it’s crucial that the community love, enthusiasm and participation that we feel all year translates into dollars this week. The Carrack is a 100%-volunteer-run, 100%-donation-funded, no-commission art space smack in the middle of a rapidly developing downtown Durham. Please keep this ship we’re all on afloat!

If you have climbed the stairs to one of our exhibits and said under your breath “What a great space,” we need your financial support this week. If you have swelled with pride to see your artwork in one of our annual community exhibitions, we need your financial support this week. If you have been inspired by one of our concerts, dance performances, or readings, learned something new at one of our workshops, lectures, or salons, or made a key professional contact at one of our creative gatherings or networking evenings, we need your financial support this week.

Tickets to The Muse Masquerade are no longer available, but we hope you will still support The Carrack and that you will join us for one – or many! – of the hundreds of free arts events we offer in our space every year.

The Muse Masquerade
Friday, October 23, 8pm – Midnight
21c Museum Hotel


Conjure your inner muse, don a mask, and join us for an evening of revelry in support of The Carrack. TwiddlyBits04

Be dazzled by aerial performers and a legendary drag queen, the spontaneous creation of custom poems, and the captivating sounds of local musicians. Get swept away by interactive dance and follow mysterious clues in an exciting scavenger hunt. Give in to the temptation of one-of-a-kind raffle items and peculiar prizes. Slip into character and count down to the big reveal just before midnight.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 to support our 2016 operations. Every dollar counts! Please choose a ticket price that reflects your best ability to contribute. 



Details, Details, Details

Read on for information about food and drink, attire, location and parking, tax-deductible contributions and our fundraising model.

Performance + Experience

Raffle + Prizes

We will be awarding prizes for winners of the scavenger hunt and for Best Mask and Costume in individual and group contests, and selling raffle tickets for the following items:

The Location

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 in the Main Gallery and downstairs in The Vault. Guests also have access to all that 21c has to offer, including Counting House and the galleries upstairs. 21c Museum Hotel is located at 111 Corcoran St., Durham, NC 27705; entrances are from Corcoran Street.

Why not consider booking a room and staying the night? For more information, please visit their website or call (919) 956-6700 and use booking code 1510CARRAC.

Food + Drink

Heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Counting House and a glass of sparkling wine for a celebratory toast are included with your ticket. Additionally, guests are invited to order beer, wine and cocktails (including specialty Muse cocktails) from one of five cash bars or to visit the Counting House Restaurant and Bar as they please. Please note that food and beverage purchases are not part of The Carrack’s fundraising efforts.


21c Museum Hotel offers valet parking for this event for $5. 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 6pm. We also encourage you to consider parking farther away and using Uber or Lyft to get to 21c Museum Hotel.


Masks are strongly encouraged but not required. You can print your own template here, or consider attending our mask-making workshop on Tuesday, October 6th from 6-9pm at The Scrap Exchange. See the workshop’s Facebook event page for more details. Continuing in our tradition of a “Creative Black Tie” theme, we suggest you have some fun with your outfit; everything from tuxedos to tutus are totally appropriate, and we expect to see some Halloween costumes too.

Prizes will be awarded for: Best Mask, Best Mask & Costume Combo, Best Group Mask & Costume Combo

More About Tickets and Our Fundraising Efforts

Please note that “Choose your price” tickets are ONLY available online in advance of the event.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing Laura Ritchie at or calling (704) 213-6666.

The amount you choose to pay for your ticket is not tax-deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to The Carrack, please follow this link now or on the confirmation page after you purchase tickets.

What does $30,000 do for The Carrack?

All proceeds raised will support the events, exhibits, programming and operations of The Carrack in 2016. Following the structure set forth by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011, we look to our patrons every year for support of the year ahead. We make it a point to raise 100% of our operational costs before the start of a new exhibit season so that we can ensure complete creative freedom for our artists with no commercial pressure from the space.

$30,000 covers rent, modest supply and programming needs, and will allow, for the very first time, for The Carrack to create one staff stipend in 2016. Paired with our ongoing and ever-growing Sustainer Program, our goal is to create one permanent paid position and to prepare to expand into a new space by the end of 2017.

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 mask ideas to help you win the Best Mask contests. Also, you may want to sign up for The Carrack’s email newsletter at the bottom of this page.