Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Project
The Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Project is a series of community-led public art projects in nine under-represented historically Black neighborhoods across Durham.
With strong consideration for the racial injustice in the community, community members have proposed the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Project. As was proposed and supported by City Council at the City Council Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, City staff will work with community members to honor the call to action and demands for change from the local community by funding public art projects with a focus on youth in the arts, as a tool for healing in historically under-resourced communities of color. The Bull City 150 projects outlines the racial and economic injustices promulgated against Black people in Durham (https://www.bullcity150.org/).
The primary goal of the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Project is to use art as a tool of engagement to promote community healing and equality in nine of Durham’s under-represented historically Black neighborhoods. In coordination with a community leader, each neighborhood will work with a local artist to create public art that speaks to their history and culture on public streets, public amenities or buildings in their community.
The goals include:
- Use art as a tool of engagement to promote community healing and equality in nine of Durham’s under-represented historically Black neighborhoods
- Activate each identified neighborhood through public art by working with local artists and community leaders to create artwork that speaks to the history and culture of their community
- Youth-based public art project, where young people are empowered to develop and create artwork for their neighborhoods.
The Lead Artist will be the overall project manager and will be responsible for implementing the project with identified youth and community leaders. Implementation will include leading the visioning sessions and designing the artistic elements of the artwork. The Lead Artist will install the artwork as groundplane art, mural, and/or community building art where community members may have an active role in the creation and/or installation of the artwork. The process will be supported by Community Art Project Coordinators and the Community Leads to assist through the duration of the project. For each neighborhood public art project, a Community Art Project Coordinator will be paid to assist the Lead Artist. Community Art Project Coordinators will work with neighborhood community leaders, the Lead Artist, and artists to engage the neighborhood residents in a visioning process. Small community conversations around the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods will occur in accordance with COVID-19 public safety guidelines.
The Lead Artist(s) will:
- Act as the overall Project Manager including community engagement, artist-design, fabrication, signage, and documentation of the artworks
- Collaborate with Community Art Coordinators for the project, community leaders , Durham Cultural Advisory Board and Public Art Committee liaisons
- Host a series of Zoom and/or in-person meetings to discuss the goals and outcomes of the project
- Work with artists and community leaders to schedule components of the art project
The total budget allocation for the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Project in nine neighborhoods is $58,000 including community engagement, artist-design, fabrication, signage, and documentation of the artworks on site. Each neighborhood will be allocated an estimated budget of $6,230.
For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: