College and high school students with an interest in public service and the arts now have the opportunity to serve on the Durham Cultural Advisory Board.
The Durham Cultural Advisory Board, charged with advising the City Council and County Commissioners on implementation of public art policies, is searching for three students to join the Board with terms to expire on June 30, 2021, with the option to serve up to four consecutive terms.
The Durham Cultural Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the City Council, City Manager, Durham County Board of Commissioners, and County Manager. The student members will serve as active, voting members of the Board and provide advisement for Board meetings and activities; attend monthly meetings; work with subcommittees groups or ad hoc committees; and perform other responsibilities as assigned.
The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the City’s General Services Department, located at 2011 Fay St. In light of the current safer-at-home order, these monthly meetings are currently hosted virtually. Members serve without compensation, must reside, study or work within Durham County, and have interest in the creative and cultural sectors. The application deadline is Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Completed applications and résumés should be sent by email. Application forms in English and Spanish can be found online.
For questions or additional assistance, students may contact Cultural and Public Art Program Manager Rebecca Brown with the City’s General Services Department at (912) 398-8075 or by email.
About the City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program
The Cultural and Public Art Program works to invest and create public art experiences – both downtown and in neighborhoods – that illuminate residents’ history, spark reflection and dialogue, and enhance daily life. Under the Arts, Culture, and Sustainable Communities Division within the General Services Department, the Program manages festivals and special events funding, the City’s public art collection, and two public advisory bodies: the Cultural Advisory Board and the Public Art Committee, which serve the City Council and the City Manager on matters related to the development of cultural assets and public art. Artists and other stakeholders who would like to be notified of current and future art-related opportunities and news can now sign up for alerts through the Cultural and Public Arts Calls for Art mailing list.
About the City of Durham General Services Department
The General Services Department builds and maintains City properties to make Durham a great place for people to live, work, and play. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department’s core functions include the acquisition and sale of properties, design and management of new construction and renovation projects, building maintenance, landscaping and urban forestry services, cemeteries management, sustainability and energy management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful.