Since 2004, The Community Art Project has engaged communities in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area in the act of understanding, appreciating and making art. In 2009, the Community Art Project was led by local artists Leah Sobsey and Lynn Bregman Blass in collaboration with the UNC Program in Humanities and Human Values. Workshops were held throughout the community to create a collaborative artwork entitled Our Stories, In Focus that addressed local and family histories. Over 500 people contributed to the artwork. The project was exhibited at 5 different locations from 2009-2011.
In 2009-10, the Community Art Project was re-imagined as “Into the Streets” where artists would apply to work with specific local communities. Three artist-led projects were awarded: Presence Is Progress where artist Park McArthur led people with mobility issues and their supporters in a series of actions that were then documented in photography, Facing Our Neighbors where The Sacrificial Poets and photographer Hudson Vaughan interviewed and documented members of the Northside community, and Home Is... where by artist Patrick FitzGerald and students from an advanced media class at NC State created animated shorts about homeless issues.
2011 project called Dream Acts was an assemblage of video, photography, installation of objects created by the artist team of Eleanor Blake, Lincoln Hancock, and Neill Prewitt in concert with the immigrant communities of the Abbey Court apartment complex in Carrboro.
The 2012 project featured Chapel Hill artist Jan-Ru Wan who worked on a re-purposed clothing and textile project with seniors at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.
The 2013 Comics Speak!!! project saw poet Kane Smego and artists Luis Franco working with African American and Latino teens to produce stories and artwork for a published graphic novel that confronts issues of race and racism.
In the 2014 project, Rockin' The Spectrum, photographer Barbara Tyroler created evocative and artistically rendered portraits of students with autism and other developmental disabilities as they learned confidence and independence during swim lessons at the Homestead Aquatics Center. These images were made into large banners of artwork that are permanently installed at the Center.