The Mission of the Town of Chapel Hill's Cultural Arts Division of the Parks & Recreation Department is 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. The Division 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.
In addition to the Percent For Art Program, other programs currently administered by the Cultural Arts Division include Festivals & Community Events such as Festifall, the Live and Local Series, the July 4th fireworks at Kenan Statdium 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 Community Clay Studio, a 1500-foot ceramic arts studio offering classes and camps to participants of all ages; 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.
The Cultural Arts Division works with many artists and arts organizations in the community, 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. 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.