Portraits of John Chavis and Martin Luther King, Jr. are hung on a wall next to smaller square artworks

New Artwork Installed at John Chavis Memorial Park

A community public art project led by artist JP Jermaine Powell & John Chavis Memorial Park Community Center staff

Join us in celebrating new artwork installed at John Chavis Memorial Park Community Center.

To create the artwork, an art making workshop was held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and led by artist JP Jermaine Powell and the community center staff. Participants were asked to make “Community Matters” themed artwork and answer the question, “How can you build a great community?”

The event drew an impressive turnout, with over 300 people, including children, adults, and families from the local community, actively participating in the project. Through their creative contributions, the art installation came to life, showcasing the collective vision and aspirations of the community, while celebrating the remarkable leadership and historical significance of both John Chavis and Martin Luther King Jr. The project also features custom, hand painted portraits of the celebrated leaders by JP Jermaine Powell.

About the Artist

Jermaine “JP” Powell is a North Carolina based mixed media artist and muralist. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, JP holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, located in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings and public art projects explore the complexities of human relationships, leadership principles, and local environments. JP is currently the Artist In Residence for the North Carolina Museum Of Art.

Visit JP Jermaine Powell's website



Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director, Raleigh Arts

John Chavis Memorial Park

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Raleigh Arts