Current Public Art Projects

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Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Projects



Locations: 

Public Art Projects will be located in nine (9) neighborhoods across Durham. 

McDougald Terrace, Durham, NC 27701 

Artists: TBD

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to be considered for the McDougald Terrace public art project is Friday, February 26, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects, including the other eight neighborhoods for Celebration Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Project. Apply today at https://durhamnc.gov/2984/Durham-Calls-for-Artists

Expected Delivery: Late Spring 2021 

Description: The Celebration Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Project is a series of community-lead public art projects in nine under-represented historically Black neighborhoods across Durham. The primary goal of the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods is to use art as a tool of engagement to promote community healing and equality in nine of Durham’s under-represented historically Black neighborhoods. In coordination with a community leader, each neighborhood will work with a local artist to create public art that speaks to their history and culture on public streets, public amenities or buildings in their community.  

For more information, visit https://durhamnc.gov/4430/Celebration-of-Black-Artistry-in-Neighbo

 

Black Wall Street Gardens


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Location: Black Wall Street Gardens

Artists: Stephen Hayes and David Wilson

Expected Delivery: 2021

Description: The Black Wall Street Gardens plaza has undergone lighting, landscaping, and walkway improvements to further enhance the greenspace as a pedestrian-friendly gathering space. Two walkways traverse the greenspace and provides a space for moveable seating, tables, and the future site for the Black Wall Street permanent art installation. The piece is to commemorate and illuminate the importance of Black Wall Street and the legacy of Durham’s African-American business community.

For more information, click here

Public Art at Bus Shelters

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Location: 9 locations throughout 3 Wards

Artist(s): Tanya Lipscomb, Jermaine “JP” Powell, and the artists team, Tim Stallmann and William Paul Thomas. 

Artists Selection Process: Selected through a RFQ process (Closed)

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021 

Description: As part of the Participatory Budgeting initiative, the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program is partnering with the Budget and Management Services Department to hire professional artists or artist teams to create public art that will enrich the new solar-powered bus stops. Bus shelters will be installed throughout Durham at existing stops that lack shelters and other amenities. To improve ridership experience as well as contribute to renewable energy generation, shelters will include 2-D artwork commissioned by the City, as well as solar panel installations at select shelters that will power lights and USB charging stations. The artwork will feature reclaimed or sustainable elements, with the themes that promote community healing and equality.  

For more information, click here.

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Location: Intersection of W. Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue, Durham, NC 27704 

Artists for initial design: Claire Alexandre, Candy Carver, Jai Martin, Renzo Ortega and Cassandra Rowe

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline for the Club Crossing project has passed. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021  

Description: The City of Durham is one of 16 U.S. cities to receive $25,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative grant program, which assists small and medium-sized cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities. The grant program is designed to create vibrant, new public spaces while also building city capacity for future collaborations with artists and community groups on transportation infrastructure projects.   

Durham’s award will fund collaboration between the City’s Transportation Department, Cultural and Public Art Program, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Durham Parks Foundation to improve street and pedestrian safety throughout the Club Crossing project at the intersection of West Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue in Durham. 

For more information, click here.

Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries 


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Locations:

Beechwood Cemetery, 3300 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27701

Artists: Jackie MacLeod and Whitney Hunt (Beechwood). Jose Pereira (Maplewood)

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline for the Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries project has passed. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021 

Description: As the City of Durham improves public amenities through the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), the Cultural & Public Art Program has the opportunity to provide public art amenities for Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries.  More information about the CIP process and funding can be found hereBased on the needs of the cemetery through on-site staff feedback, Beechwood will feature art-informed benches near the main entrance, and Maplewood will feature handrails for the space where ashes of passed loved ones may be laid to rest. The public art amenities will provide appropriate upgrades for residents of the community and visitors of the cemeteries.

For more information, click here.

Mural at Solid Waste Management Department  

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Locations: 
Department of Solid Waste Management
1833 Camden Ave, Durham, NC 27704

Artists: TBD

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline to be considered for the Solid Waste Management Department Mural Project was Sunday, January 10, 2021 by 11:59 EST. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021 

Description: The Cultural and Public Art Program, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management Department, will hire a local or regional artist to create an interior mural at the Solid Waste Management Facility, as part of a Capital Improvement Project renovating the City's Truck Wash Annex. More information about the CIP process and funding can be found hereThe new interior mural will contribute to a welcoming space for Solid Waste Management staff to clock-in, gather, and prepare for the beginning of their shifts. The City will commission a local or regional artist to fabricate an interior mural with input from employees who actively use the building. 

For more information, click here.

Lakeview Park

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Location: 3500 Dearborn Drive, Durham, NC 27704

Artist: Wade Williams

Artist Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline for the Lakeview Park project has passed. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Completed: January 2021

Description: As part of Bank of America’s Community Resiliency Grant Program, the City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program collaborated with Keep Durham Beautiful and Durham Parks and Recreation to hire local artist Wade Williams to design and install a groundplane artwork at Lakeview Park. 

For more information on the public art project, click here