Public Art  Program

City of Durham Public Art Program1

Regular Meetings


  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • Durham Arts Council
    120 Morris Street
    Durham, NC 27701

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members


  • Chris Ogden, Chair
  • Kathy S. Bartlett
  • Calvin Brett
  • Johanna Rose Burwell
  • Marcella Camara
  • Mya Castillo-Marte
  • Margaret DeMott
  • Caroline Dwyer
  • ​Dan Ellison


  • Kyesha Jennings
  • Caitlin Margaret Kelly
  • Charlene Reiss
  • Laura Ritchie​
  • Katie Seiz
  • Wade H. Williams
  • Chantal Winston
  • Simon Betsalel (student rep)
  • Erin McDermott (student rep)

About the Committee


The Public Art Committee advises the Cultural Advisory Board and acts on behalf of the board on matters relating to public art. The committee functions are to:
  1. Assist the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and to advise the city regarding the implementation of the Public Art Policy approved by the City Council on November 21, 2011
  2. Review proposals for public art projects brought to it by the city administration and make recommendations to the Cultural Advisory Board with regard to project approvals


Member Expectations 


Members serve without compensation and must reside or work within the City of Durham and actively contribute to the cultural and economic sectors. Committee members may be called upon to:
  • Attend a new-member orientation and learn about Durham's public art history;
  • Attend a monthly, 1.5 hour meeting, missing no more than 3 meetings per year;
  • Serve additional supporting roles, such as on project-focused task forces, community engagement sessions, and/or Artist Selection Panels
  • Research and communicate public art best practices;
  • Communicate with public stakeholders to support public art and its funding
  • Strategize about new public art projects that fit our strategic goals;
  • Support ancillary programming around public art installations;
  • Promote major public art achievements/events, including through social media;
  • Recruit new committee members and partners;
  • Promote major public art achievements/events;
  • Learn, laugh and grow with us as we support Durham's Public Art Program!

Vacancies & Applications


Up to 13 appointed members (including up to three students from high school and schools of higher learning). Members serve three year terms, and may be reappointed for a second term. After two consecutive full terms, members must step down for a period of at least two years before being considered for re-appointment.

 For information about the committee and the application process, call or email Brian Smith at 919-560-4965.