The Town of Chapel Hill's Community Arts & Culture effort seeks to enrich the lives of those who live, work and visit Chapel Hill through programs and events that build community and contribute to the vibrancy of the Town. Community Arts & Culture is advised by the Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission, an 11-member volunteer board established in 1992 and appointed by the Town Council.
Community Arts & Culture administers many programs and projects in Chapel Hill. The 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. Other programs include: Festivals & Community Events such as Festifall, the July 4th fireworks at Kenan Stadium and more; an Artists in Residence program that funds local artists to conduct special projects in the Chapel Hill - Carrboro City School system; 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 Downtown Art Program which enlivens the downtown environment with art installations and other types of temporary public art; the Juried Exhibitions Series which showcases artwork by established and emerging artists at Chapel Hill Town Hall and the Chapel Hill Public Library; and Sculpture Visions, a temporary, large-scale, outdoor, sculpture exhibition sited throughout public spaces in Chapel Hill. To learn more about these programs, please visit our Programs pages.
Community Arts & Culture works with many artists and arts organizations in the Chapel Hill - Carrboro area, throughout the region and across the country. We invite you to join our email newsletter list to receive exhibition announcements and calls to artists based on your preferences and to follow us on Facebook.