Artists, Creatives, and Community Members:

The next call for artists for a Ground Plane Art project on the SmART Corridor is being advertised. 

Issue Date: March 6, 2019   
Budget: $60,000  
Deadline for Applications: March 27, 2019 (11:59 PM)

Project Opportunity:  The Durham SmART Initiative in partnership with the Durham Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, Downtown Durham, Inc. and the City of Durham are seeking applications from professional visual artists and graphic designers to create colorful graphic elements for 3- 5 selected streets and intersections in downtown Durham.  The street sites will encompass three distinct districts in downtown Durham’s SmART - Arts & Entertainment corridor and encourage safe pedestrian movement. The goals of this project are to:

· Build on Downtown Durham’s SmART Vision Plan and increase cultural connectivity and economic vitality in downtown Durham.

· Brand the Arts & Entertainment corridor and encourage safe pedestrian movement.

· Enhance the pedestrian experience and reflect the distinct and unique characteristics of Durham and the three districts in downtown–City Center, American Tobacco and Central Park.

Check it out below and please share with your networks:

https://durhamartscouncil.submittable.com/submit/cce27951-c4be-47b5-a0e4-494affdf6737/durham-smart-initiative-ground-plane-art-designs


News Release
For Immediate Release: October 24, 2018

Durham Cultural and Public Arts Program Pre-Qualified Artists Registry
March 11 Submission Deadline

DURHAM, N.C. – The City of Durham Cultural and Public Arts Program now invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artists Registry.

 This registry will serve as a resource for the selection of artist and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Access to a pre-determined network of qualified professional artists strengthens and streamlines the process and allows for greater capacity building within the arts community.

 The Pre-Qualified Artists Registry is now open for submissions through March 11, 2019. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. Artists who are selected to join the registry are encouraged to apply to any additional open calls issued by the City of Durham Public Arts Program, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

 An Artist Selection Committee comprised of City staff, members of the Public Art Committee, visual art/design professionals, and other community members will evaluate application portfolios for inclusion in the registry.

 All submissions must be in digital format and include an artist statement, a résumé, high-resolution images, and strong references. For full details and to access the submission portal, visit the City’s Call for Artists webpage. For more information about this registry, contact Special Projects Manager Stacey Poston with the City’s General Services Department at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254 or by email

 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, cultural and public art program management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful

 About the City of Durham Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee serves as an advisory body to the Durham City Council and the City Manager, and its functions include assisting the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development on matters relating to public art; implementation of the Public Art Policy; and reviewing proposals for public art projects brought to it by the City administration; and making recommendations to the Cultural Advisory Board regarding project approvals. To further help artists connect with opportunities, the City has a Durham Calls for Artists webpage, which lists a number of upcoming opportunities for artists in and around Durham. 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 Art mailing list. For more information about the City’s Public Art Program, visit the City’s public art web page. Artists interested in more information about the Public Art program may also contact Special Projects Manager Stacey Poston with the City’s General Services Development at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254 or by email.


News Release
For Immediate Release: October 24, 2018

Durham Now Seeking Artists for Traffic Signal Box Mural Designs
October 28 Submission Deadline

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DURHAM, N.C. – Durham artists interested in creating traffic signal box mural designs to be showcased throughout the community should apply now for this new call-for-artist opportunity.

Duke University Community Benefit Project, in collaboration with the City of Durham Public Art Program and Mural Durham, are now seeking local artists to submit a mural design to be installed on traffic signal boxes around Durham.

 The team is looking for local artists or artist teams to design and install murals that celebrate Durham’s history, culture, and community. The selected artists will be offered an honorarium of $1,000, and will be allotted an additional $300 to purchase supplies. The expected completion date of the project is mid-November 2018. At this time, the winning artists will be invited to participate in an unveiling ceremony showcasing their work.

Application requirements include a portfolio and a résumé, which should be submitted by Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. The portfolio should include two-to-three samples of the artist’s work. All required materials should be submitted by email to Project Managers and Duke University students Hannah Wolfe at hannah.wolfe@duke.edu and Caroline Wang at caroline.y.wang@duke.edu. For more information about this public art initiative or the application process, email the project managers or call Wolfe at (917) 301-0028 or Wang at (919) 633-2632.

Download a PDF Flyer

About Duke University Community Benefit Project 

Duke students Hannah Wolfe and Caroline Wang are involved in this project through Duke University’s Community Benefit Project, which is a component of the Hart Leadership Program through the Sanford School of Public Policy. The goal of this project is to develop the City of Durham’s traffic signal box public art program to build community engagement through public art and strengthen the Duke-Durham relationship.

About Mural Durham 

Mural Durham is a movement that connects Durham through creativity—one mural at a time. The MuralDurham.com living archive was created in 2016 by community and Duke University partners in response to the city’s growing number of murals. Today, Mural Durham is a collaboration between the City of Durham Public Arts Program, Duke Arts, Artstigators, Nasher Museum of Art, and the Office of Durham Affairs. Mural Durham celebrates creative expression across the Bull City by capturing the growing number of murals in Durham, providing historical context, producing a Mural Finder booklet (available in the Durham Visitor Info Center), promoting monthly mural bicycle tours with Preservation Durham, partnering for mural festivals and events, promoting mural opportunities, and more. Tag @Mural_Durham and use #muraldurham when you spot a worthy mural, and visit www.muraldurham.com to learn more. 

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, cultural and public art program management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful

About the City of Durham Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee serves as an advisory body to the Durham City Council and the City Manager, and its functions include assisting the City's General Services Department on matters relating to public art; implementation of the Public Art Policy; and reviewing proposals for public art projects brought to it by the City administration; and making recommendations to the Cultural Advisory Board regarding project approvals. To further help artists connect with opportunities, the City has a Durham Calls for Artists page on its website, which lists a number of upcoming opportunities for artists in and around Durham. 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 Art mailing list. For more information about the City’s Public Art Program, visit the City’s public art webpage. Artists interested in more information about the Public Art program may also contact Special Projects Manager Stacey Poston with the City’s General Services Department at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254 or by email.

News Media Contact:
Amy Blalock, Public Affairs Manager
919.560.4123 x11253 | 919.475.7735 (mobile)
Amy.Blalock@DurhamNC.gov

Header: Untitled (The Mothership), 2013–2014, 401 W. Geer Street. Photo by Estlin Haiss.