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Overview

Contact Information
Jeffrey York
Public and Cultural Arts Administrator
Parks & Recreation Building
200 Plant Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 968-2750
jyork@townofchapelhill.org

The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office, a division of the Parks & Recreation Department, develops and implements art programs to increase public access to the arts, provides opportunities for local artists to display their work, and promotes public understanding and awareness of the arts.  The Office is advised by and works collaboratively with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission, an 11-member volunteer board established in 1992 and appointed by the Town Council.  The Office’s Percent for Art Program, established by a 2002 Ordinance, allocates one percent of selected capital projects for the creation and maintenance of works of public art.  Funding for the Percent for Art projects comes from each project’s construction budget.  

   Eddies of Light by Ray King / Elemental Landscape by Haddad and Drugan

Programs

In addition to the Percent For Art Program, other programs currently administered by the Public and Cultural Arts Office include an Artists in Residence program that connects local artists with young people in specific communities, schools and groups; the Community Art Project, where an artist or artist team engages a particular community in the creation of a public art piece or event; the Community Clay Studio, a 1500-foot ceramic arts studio offering classes and camps to the community; the Downtown Art Program which enlivens the downtown environment with arts happenings and events; the Juried Exhibitions Series which showcases artwork by established and emerging artists at Chapel Hill Town Hall and the Chapel Hill Library; and Sculpture Visions, a temporary, large-scale, outdoor, sculpture exhibition sited throughout public spaces in downtown Chapel Hill.  To learn more about these programs, please visit our Programs pages.

    Ephesus 4th Grade / David Finn / Our Stories, In Focus

Resources

The Public and Cultural Arts Office works with many artists and arts organizations in the community, throughout the region and across the country.  We invite you to join our electronic mailing list to receive exhibition announcements and calls to artists based on your preferences, and/or to share the web address of your art organization or endeavor.  The Public and Cultural Arts Office maintains an image catalog of publicly-accessible works of art in Chapel Hill and an electronic archive of artworks by artists who have exhibited in our programs.

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News
Live & Local Music & Arts Series
The Live & Local Music & Arts Fall 2014 Series begins on Friday September 19 and runs each Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through November 14 (excluding Friday October 31 for Halloween). The fun and exciting events are geared to jump-start your weekend in Downtown Chapel Hill, Live music, art, dance, and other diverse activities will offer engaging entertainment for all ages; including performances from The Swang Brothers, Chit Nasty, Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims, Adam Pitts, Eric Hirsh Quartet, and more!
September 12, 2014
Festifall Arts Festival: An Artfully Good Day
On Sunday, Oct. 5, from noon to six p.m., the Festifall Arts Festival will draw thousands of fall revelers to downtown Chapel Hill. Start shopping early with an online Handmade Artist Market preview at www.chapelhillfestifall.com.
September 09, 2014
Registration for Fall Parks and Recreation Program begins at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Sept.8, for residents of Chapel Hill and Orange County.
August 27, 2014
Spend the day supporting the arts on Sunday, Oct. 5, in Downtown Chapel Hill for the 42nd annual Festifall Arts Festival.
August 08, 2014
Footbridge on Morgan Creek Trail Closed
A footbridge on Morgan Creek trail will be closed for maintenance July 21-22.
July 17, 2014

Events
September 17, 2014 7:00PM
September 19, 2014 6:00PM
September 26, 2014 6:00PM
October 03, 2014 6:00PM
October 05, 2014 12:00PM

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