Cultural & Public Art Program

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The Durham Cultural Advisory Board is accepting applications for two member vacancies.

Visit to apply today! The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  

Important Updates on Public Art Traffic Box "It Takes A Village"  

More information about the signal cabinet featuring the mural “It Takes A Village” is located here:

COVID-19: Resources for the Arts and Cultural Sector 

Visit Durham Business 360 for a list of local, state, and national organizations that outline resources for artists and arts organizations amidst COVID-19, here:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance-NC Independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning Friday, April 24th. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors (1099 employees). More information to include how to apply can be found or

About the Cultural & Public Art Program

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program believes that Durham’s rich cultural heritage is an important part of what makes Durham’s neighborhoods thrive, attracts tourism and business development, and what brings the community closer together. The Program works to invest and create public art experiences – both downtown and in neighborhoods – that illuminate residents’ history, sparks reflection and dialogue, and enhances daily life.  

The program partners with the City’s citizen boards (Durham Cultural Advisory Board and Public Art Committee), manages the arts and cultural festivals grants, and develops adopted City initiatives. These initiative include implementation of the City’s Strategic Plan and Sustainability Roadmap.  An goal of the Strategic plan is to foster cohesive, engaged and diverse communities where residents have equitable access to community resources, and the opportunity for a high quality of life.  Two initiatives where developed to realize this goal: utilize placemaking to facilitate natural interactions and invest in and create public art experiences.