Cultural & Public Art Program

parking garage with art mural
Photo by Estlin Haiss


Calls for Artist - RFQs for Public Art Projects

Fire & EMS Station 18 - RFQ
Deadline: Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
The City seeks Candidates to create artworks that contribute to the interest and aesthetic appeal of the Fire Department and develop archival resources for the public to learn about Durham’s history. The Candidates will work in collaboration to capture and archive the Fire Station's objects of historical significance as digital images, large-scale photographs and/or vinyl printed murals along with interpretative text, which will be displayed inside of the Fire & EMS Station 18 and through an online platform. The total maximum budget for this project is $47,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site. For more information, visit:      

South Ellerbe Restoration Project - RFQ
Deadline: Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
In collaboration with the City of Durham’s Public Works Department, the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program (referred to as “City”) is seeking an Artist or Artist Team (referred to as “Candidates”) with experience in projects centered around environmental design and functional, sculptural and/or integrated artwork to design and fabricate public art installations at the South Ellerbe Restoration project located at 808 West Trinity Avenue in Durham. The selected artist or artist team will have a total public art project budget of $50,000, including artist fees, artist-design, community engagement, fabrication, and documentation of the artwork on site. For more information, visit:

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.