Cultural & Public Art Program

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The City of Durham is accepting student member applications for the Durham Cultural Advisory Board.

The City of Durham has released a Request for Qualifications for public art at bus shelters. Submissions from interested artists and artist teams must be received by Tuesday, July 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Visit the "Durham Calls for Artists" page, here, for more information.

The City of Durham has released a Request for Proposals for FY20/21 Festivals and Special Events.  The City of Durham is seeking proposals from qualified entities to support planning virtual events this year as well as virtual and in-person events next year for new or existing cultural and arts festivals and special events. Submissions from interested organizations must be received by Monday August 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST. Visit the City-Funded Grant Opportunities page, here, for more information. 

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.