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Public Art Mentorship Program

Raleigh Arts

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Deadline Eligibility Application

The Public Art Mentorship Program will provide the opportunity to assist an experienced Public Artist with aspects of a public art project including community engagement, research, administration, fabrication, and installation.

Build your portfolio of public artworks by working with an experienced artist on a large scale public art project. You will be expected to assist with multiple aspects of the project, including: 

  • Assist with hosting community meetings and gathering feedback to share with the lead artist. (Average of 6-10 meetings)
  • Attend Site Visits (Average 1-2 visits)
  • Participate in the review of the Public Art and Design Board’s (PADB) review of the Mentor Public Artist’s designs. If selected as a Mentee-artist, you will have the option to present your own research, concept designs, and final designs to PADB for professional feedback. (Average of 3 meetings) 
  • Optional onsite assistance during installation. (1 final visit)
  • Artists matched to a project should anticipate a minimum one-year project duration with intermittent touchpoints. 

As part of the mentorship you will have the opportunity to design your own public artwork proposal. You will take the artwork from the research, community engagement and concept design phases through final design. You can use this design in your portfolio and future public art applications. 

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All materials must be received no later than Monday, November 16 at 5 p.m. EST. Incomplete or late submittals will not be considered.


Up to ten artists may be selected for a mentee-artist pool (lasting two years). Being included in the pool does not guarantee being matched with a project but could lead to other temporary public art opportunities. Mentee-artists who are matched with a project/mentor will receive $5,000 to assist a professional public artist. 

  • This opportunity is open to individual artists. 
  • Applicants must live within the Triangle region. 
  • Applicants must be either a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident, and be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Applicants must have at least a three-year history of professional art or design practice or related experience. 
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience in the arts through the creation of high-quality work. 
  • Lead applicant cannot be enrolled in an undergraduate course of study in the visual arts as of August 1, 2020.



Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Raleigh Arts
Board, Commission or Committee:
Arts Commission
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