Cultural & Public Art Program

parking garage with art mural
Photo by Estlin Haiss


FY21/22 Festivals and Special Event Request for Proposals 

The City of Durham recognizes that festivals, parades, and other celebrations play an important role in fostering community well-being, creating local identity, and in contributing to an improved quality of life of Durham residents and visitors. The City of Durham is seeking proposals from qualified entities to support virtual and/or in-person events for FY21/22 year for new or existing cultural and arts festivals and special events occurring between July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022. Deadline Monday, August 9, 2021 by 3:00 p.m. EST. Visit

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:

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.