The Art of Cool Project (AOCP) presents a monthly concert every third Friday featuring a variety of local musicians ranging across idioms — from acoustic to electric, bebop to hip hop. Since its inaugural concert in August the AOCP has quickly gained a reputation of standing room only concerts hosted at LabourLove Gallery at Golden Belt in downtown Durham, NC. The AOCP has been described as “a strong addition to Durham’s bubbling music and art community.” (Eric Tullis – The Vinyl District, Chapel Hill, NC)
The Art of Cool Project is a jazz (also music with jazz roots) and art advocacy project that strives to cross artistic, economic, and cultural boundaries to bring together a diverse mix of people and creativity. We are dedicated to promoting the local vibrant, varied, and surprisingly under-appreciated music and art scene. The project is a unique collaboration between the music and art communities to bring both creative mediums to supporters in an intimate concert setting. The live performances showcase and stimulate the forward-focused creative thought that is occurring on the local music and art scenes. The Art of Cool Project is a creative philanthropic project spearheaded by trumpeter, Albert Strong IV, and Cicely Mitchell of Al Strong Music Productions.