In March 2002 Chapel Hill Town Council established the Town's Percent for Art Ordinance. This Ordinance allocates 1% of selected capital projects for the creation, fabrication/construction, installation, and maintenance of permanent works of public art. Funding for Percent for Art projects comes from each project's construction budget, which can include Federal, State, County, Town, and private support.
Public art enriches our lives, helps define the unique and special qualities of Chapel Hill, and teaches us about each other. Through investment in public artworks, the Town of Chapel Hill is investing in its residents, its visitors, and its future. Percent for Art projects bring public art into the realm of daily life, accessible to all. Town Council selects sites for Percent for Art commissions and these selected projects are administered by the Public and Cultural Arts Office and overseen by an Oversight Committee consisting of community stakeholders, local arts professionals, civic leaders, and relevant Town departments. The Public and Cultural Arts Office is committed to an open and democratic process that relies upon interaction among the artist, community, site, designers and architects. North Carolina artists are encouraged to apply to all projects.
In the menu to the left please select Current Projects to find out about Percent For Art projects now in development in Chapel Hill or select Completed Projects to read about the ten completed Percent For Art project that are now a permanent part of the community's public art collection. To read about Percent For Art policies and procedures, please visit the Guiding Documents page.