Lakeview Park

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Project Background

As part of Bank of America’s Community Resiliency Grant Program, the City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program is collaborating with Keep Durham Beautiful and Durham Parks and Recreation to commission a local artist to create groundplane art at Lakeview Park through the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry.

Local artists were invited to apply for an upcoming groundplane public art project at Lakeview Park, located at 3500 Dearborn Drive in Durham by submitting their qualifications through the City's Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The site-specific public art installation will be a ground plane inclusive mural located to the right of the playground on the existing cement pad to engage people of various abilities in play and exploration. The budget for this project is $7,000, to complete the public art project, including community engagement, artist-design, fabrication, and documentation of the artwork. 

Lakeview Park is a wooded park in northeast Durham across from Lakeview Secondary School. The park features a baseball/softball field, basketball court, grill, picnic shelter and tables, restroom facility, and a water fountain. A new playground is being installed at Lakeview Park.

The Community Resiliency Grant Program, led by the Arbor Day Foundation and Bank of America, funds programs that drive green infrastructure projects, expand tree equity, and increase resiliency in urban communities most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Keep Durham Beautiful is also focusing its efforts in Durham’s Braggtown neighborhood by hosting community tree planning events, environmental art and education, and community education to increase urban canopy.


Wade Williams is a Durham, NC native with a passionate interest in the city’s diverse cultural development through visual art. After graduating from St. Augustine’s University in 1972 with a BA in Fine Arts, Williams attended the Art Students League of New York. While there, he studied drawing and oil painting under the renown Hughie Lee Smith and participated in many art showings, the last of which was in The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center. Williams worked with the Philadelphia Mural Art and Big Picture Programs for over 10 years, teaching mural art to youth and was employed by the Greater Philadelphia Horticulture Society, teaching Art in the Park, which included creating backdrops and building props. After returning to Durham, Williams was commissioned to paint a mural for the Lincoln Community Health Center and was a contributing artist in the Durham Civil Rights History Mural Project. Williams is a current member of the Durham Public Art Committee, the Durham Art Guild, and a lifetime member of the Art Students League of New York.

Design Concept

"Sunshine Over Africa"IMG952596

Design Description
This ground-plane mural is comprised of four vibrantly colored graphic designs that children and other community members will enjoy for years to come. Some of the designs are interactive, while others will stimulate conversations and provide relativity that hopefully will have a positive, lasting impact. 

Artwork Elements
Afrocentric Pattern of a Sunrise - The art elements in this design are lines, geometric shapes, primary colors, and a mixture of complimentary colors. 
Map of Africa - Organic shapes, primary, secondary, complimentary colors and a mixture of complimentary colors are used in this design
American and English Hopscotch - Lines, geometric shapes, primary, secondary, complimentary colors, and a mixture of complimentary colors are utilized in this design.

To help inform these designs, we invite members of the community to complete the following engagement survey:

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to submit to the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry to be eligible to create public artwork at Lakeview Park closed on July 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry serves as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Candidates must either identify as or partner with a professional artist, designer, or fabricator, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 and older. The City encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. All applications must be in digital format and include an artist statement, photos of previous work, a personal resume(s), and references.

Full submission guidelines, project details, and submission portal are available here.


For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245.