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About the Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee (PAC) advises the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, under the leadership of the City’s General Services Department, and acts on behalf of the board on matters relating to public art. The Public Art Policy Resolution was initially approved by the City Council on November 21, 2011. The committee functions are to: 

  • Assist and advise the City regarding the implementation and evolution of the Public Art Program.
  • Cultivate and review proposals for public art projects brought to it by City administration and other stakeholders.
  • Work as a community advocate for public arts within the City by building awareness and forging connections that lead to involvement, investment, and opportunity. 
  • Review proposals for public art projects brought to it by the city administration and make recommendations to the Cultural Advisory Board with regard to project approvals.  


3rd Wednesday of the month
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Meetings will be held virtually on Zoom until further notice. 

The Public Art Committee’s monthly meetings for March, May, and June were cancelled to reduce the possible virus transmittal between residents, volunteers, and City Staff. The Public Art Committee’s annual retreat in April has been suspend until further notice.

Meetings of the committee are advertised and open to the public. Committee members serve without compensation and shall work or live within the County of Durham and actively contribute to the cultural and economic sectors. For more information about the Committee and the application process, email Rebecca Brown at 

2021 Meeting Schedule

January 20, 2021July 21, 2021
February 17, 2021August 18, 2021
March 17, 2021September 15, 2021
April 21, 2021October 20, 2021
May 19, 2021November 17, 2021
June 16, 2021 December 15, 2021

Next Meeting 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, EST

Zoom Meeting

The Public Art Committee will host the monthly meeting via Zoom until further notice. Members of the public will be muted in the Zoom meeting. Public comments may be submitted via the Zoom chatroom during the meeting, via email prior to the meeting to, or via voicemail prior to the meeting to (919) 560-4197 x 21245. 

For the meeting link and passcode, please contact prior to the day of the meeting.

Agendas & Meeting Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Public Art Committee Members

Antonio Alanis
Bhargavi Ammu
Marcella Camara, Chair
Mya Castillo-Marte
Caroline Dwyer
Patricia Harris
Monet Marshall

Molly Matlock
Truitt O’Neal
Nicole Oxendine
Laura Ritchie
JP Trostle
Allison Wilson

Mission Statement  

We believe public art is an integral part of the community fabric: playing an important role in shaping interactions with public spaces; recognizing and celebrating the diverse communities, artists, and history within the City; and offering unique opportunities to be exposed to and engage with art independent of institutional settings. 


We recognize the success of the Public Art Committee are dependent on creating bridges and interactions among diverse Durham communities, neighborhoods, artists, and the City. Our decisions and actions are guided by several key values:

  • Centered on Durham - The Public Art Committee is committed to recognizing Durham’s rich history, addressing the needs of local communities, and capitalizing on the creative energy that makes Durham unique. By engaging with and advocating for our neighborhoods, artists, local businesses, and government partners, we aim for a positive and lasting impact in guiding our city’s future.   
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity - We are committed to respectfully representing Durham’s communities through our committee membership, community engagement processes, and promotion of public art projects. By increasing local access to public art, we aim to engage and uplift marginalized communities and to promote diverse and inclusive narratives. 
  • Accessibility and Growth - The Public Art Committee meetings, records, and policies are available for public review. The committee is receptive to feedback on standards and procedures, and strives to make artist calls, selection processes, and community engagement clear and accessible. 
  • Engaging Local Artists - The Public Art Committee is committed to promoting and growing our local arts community by creating and supporting professional and educational opportunities for local artists through public art projects.” 

Member Expectations  

Members serve without compensation and must reside or work within the County of Durham and actively contribute to the cultural and economic sectors. Committee members may be called upon to: 

  • Attend a new-member orientation and learn about Durham’s public art history; 
  • Attend a monthly, 1.5 hour meeting, missing no more than 3 meetings per year; 
  • Serve additional supporting roles, such as on project-focused task forces, community engagement sessions, and/or Artist Selection Panels 
  • Research and communicate public art best practices; 
  • Communicate with public stakeholders to support public art and its funding 
  • Develop new public art projects that fit our strategic goals; 
  • Support ancillary programming around public art installations; 
  • Promote major public art achievements/events, including through social media; 
  • Recruit new committee members and partners; 
  • Promote major public art achievements/events; 
  • Learn, laugh and grow with us as we support Durham’s Public Art Program! 

Vacancies & Applications

Public Art Committee members serve without compensation and must live, work or study within the County of Durham. Due to the COVID-19 virus, all Public Art Committee meetings will be hosted as virtual meetings until further notice. The Public Art Committee has at least 13 appointed members (including up to three students from high school and schools of higher learning). The Public Art Committee provides new member recommendations to the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, who then appoints new committee members.  Members are appointed to serve one three-year term, and may be reappointed for a second term. After two consecutive full terms, members must step down for a period of at least two years before being considered for re-appointment.


For information about the committee and the application process, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

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