W.D. Hill Recreation Center

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                                                                             Rendering: Example of improvements in basketball court area


As part of the Capital Improvement Project initiative to renovate various aspects of the W.D. Hill Recreation Center, the interior and/or exterior walls will act as a canvas for mural installations.

The renovations for W.D. Hill Recreation Center will provide much needed building repairs, improved security, and renovations to enhance the identity and visual appearance of the building.  Other repairs and replacements include adding a new opening between the gym and administrative office to create an open and welcoming environment. Improvements in the basketball gym at W.D. Hill Recreation Center will include equipment replacement, painting and graphics, and other repairs.    

By utilizing the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry, an artist will be identified to complete community engagement, design concepts, fabrication, and the installation of the work. Artists will be responsible for developing community engagement sessions and communication tools to gather feedback on the design concept and foster relationships with surrounding community leaders.  A budget of $8,000 has been allocated to the fabrication and installation of the public artwork at W.D. Hill Recreation Center.  

W.D. Hill Recreation Center  

The W.D. Hill Recreation Center is located at the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Massey Street, surrounded by local landmarks, such as the Hayti Heritage Center, North Carolina Central University, and the Lincoln Community Health Center. The recreation center is named after William Daniel Hill (1890-1945), better known by his initials "W.D." Hill, was an executive of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. and the prime mover in the firm's projects to serve Durham's African American youth.  

PROPOSed Timeline 

Friday, March 19, 2021: Deadline to submit application to Pre-Qualified Artist Registry for WD Hill Recreation Center  
Friday, April 9, 2021: Notify Artist of Decision   
Monday, April 26, 2021: Design Development and Community Engagement Begins   
Wednesday, June 9, 2021: Design Development and Community Engagement Ends   
Monday, August 9, 2021: Artist(s) begin installation 
Friday, August 27, 2021: Deadline for Artist(s) installation to be completed 


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 W.D. Hill Recreation Center will close on Friday, March 19, 2021 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
Email: alexandra.benson@durhamnc.gov
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

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