Examples of Past Projects Submitting a Request Funding Opportunities
You can add art to your community!
Raleigh Arts can help you add art to your community by guiding artists and residents looking to hire artists through the City of Raleigh permitting process. Read through examples of past projects, the application process, and other requirements before submitting an application.
Raleigh Arts can help with projects that are:
- Proposed by anyone that wants to add more public art to Raleigh
- On City-owned property (City buildings, City parks, sidewalks, parking decks, etc.) *
- Self funded or funded by an outside source
* Raleigh Arts does not manage public art on state-owned or private property. For public art on private property, use iMAPS to find the property/business owner to work with them directly.
Examples of Past Projects
Below are examples of public art projects that are on City-owned property:
Submitting a Request
Follow the steps below to submit your Citizen-Initiated Public Art Project:
- Review the Citizen-Initiated Public Art Projects Policy
- Plan how your project will be funded
- Use iMAPS to make sure your project is on City property
- Talk with any stakeholders if needed (nearby businesses, property owners, etc.)
- Email a request form several months before your proposed completion date to Jenn Hales, Public Art Assistant
Request Process & Approval Timeline
You will need to provide the following on the request form:
* If you don't have a location or artist selected, please contact Jenn Hales for guidance.
|Request your project today!|
Your project with go through a two-step review process:
Once approved, Raleigh Arts Staff will notify you. Please reach out to Jenn Hales with questions about your project's review progress.
|1 - 3 months, not including permitting process|
|Permitting & Permissions||
Raleigh Arts can help guide you through the permitting process. Some projects may require:
Raleigh Arts can help you work with the location's City staff (like park managers) to ensure they understand the upcoming project.
|Up to an additional 2 months depending on the permit required|
Tell Raleigh Arts when your start date will be and and help us celebrate and promote the project by providing photographs and all social media details.
|After the project is approved, permitted, and you have permission|
Raleigh Arts does not offer funding for Citizen-Initiated Public Art Projects at this time. However, the City and our arts partners offer several funding opportunities related to art in public spaces:
- Neighborhood Art Funds: Grants of up to $1,000 are available to individuals, groups, or organizations for art projects that enhance neighborhoods.
- ArtBeats: Each year Raleigh Arts puts out a call for artists to create sidewalk murals. Raleigh Arts will give selected artists a $300 honorarium and provide up to $100 worth of Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel paint, in colors selected by the artist.
- SEEK Raleigh: Raleigh Arts puts out a call for artists semi-annually to propose site-specific art installations and/or performance art events that engage the community through public art. Raleigh Arts will fund between $500 and $20,000 depending on the proposed project.
- Facade Rehabilitation Grant Program: Business owners can qualify for a up to $5,000 or up to $10,000 for exterior improvements like lighting, murals, awnings and art if you are in an Economic Development Priority Area or the University Village District.
- Awesome Raleigh Durham: A community effort that is facilitated by VAE Raleigh, Awesome Raleigh Durham grants $1000 in funding each month to support creative ideas that are specific and community-facing.