2024-25 Keep Bull City Litter-Free Public Art Project

2024 South Arts Grant


The City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) received a $10,000 grant from South Arts to promote litter prevention through a creative public art installation at a bus stop shelter and an interior vinyl mural at a Durham high school. The selected artist will work with high school students to develop the artwork themes all the way through installation. This new project is a continuation of the FY19 Keep Bull City Litter-Free groundplane mural installations lead by artist Jai Martin (pictured above). 

This new grant will continue to encourage residents to decrease cigarette butt litter and act as advocacy agents around litter prevention in Durham. The selected artist will work to: 

  • Work with City staff to develop arts-integrated curriculum that teaches students about sustainability, litter prevention, and empowers them to improve their environments. 
  • Work with high school students to develop, design, plan, and install a groundplane asphalt mural at a local bus shelter. 
  • Work with City stall to host an asphalt mural community engagement event to facilitate resident feedback sessions and will collect and retain community responses. 
  • Work with high school students to develop, design, plan, and install a vinyl mural inside a local school. 
  • Lead an interactive presentation at a local high school about the project. 

The artist contract will be allocated an estimated budget of $16,500 for design, project management, fabrication, engagement, and curriculum development. The total budget allocation for the Keep Bull City Litter-Free Public Art Project is $21,900 including the artist contract ($16,500), marketing, engagement, signage and documentation of the artworks. 

South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists and arts organizations through an array of grants, fellowships, and programs. South Arts uses the Cross-Sector Impact Grant program to provide significant support to projects developed by partners that harness the power of “Arts & …”, for example, arts and the military, arts and equity, arts and aging, arts and community revitalization. Durham’s project is funded in part by a grant from this South Arts program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. 


Artist Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to submit to the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry to be eligible and considered for 2024/2025 Keep Bull City Litter Free project is Monday, March 18, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET

Apply today!

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects.

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry serves as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Candidates must either identify as or partner with a professional artist, designer, or fabricator, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 and older. The City encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. All applications must be in digital format and include an artist statement, photos of previous work, a personal resume(s), and references.

Full submission guidelines, project details, and submission portal are available here.


For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Cultural & Public Arts Program 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197