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City-Wide Initiatives

Rendering of new Civic Tower.

East Civic Tower

The City of Raleigh is making a key investment in our facilities so we can continue to provide excellent customer service to residents and offer a collaborative, dynamic workspace for employees. The new campus will focus on security, safety, accessibility, and efficiency. The first phase will be a 17-story tower located on the southeast corner of the Avery C. Upchurch block at 110 S. McDowell Street on the corner of Hargett and McDowell Streets. Susan Narduli, a Los Angeles-based artist and architect, will be working on the public art at East Civic Tower. This integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Documentarians-in-Residence

The City of Raleigh is working with Documentarians-in-Residence Juli Leonard and Johnny Andrews of StoryShed Studio; a community documentary studio that collaborates with the public to create living archives.

Fire Station three

Fire Station 3 Replacement

We are replacing and relocating the fire station on South East Street. This station serves eastern and Downtown Raleigh. The new facility will be on a 1.74-acre site next to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women at 1000 Rock Quarry Road. The public artist for this project is Maxwell Emcays. Artwork integrated into the building will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

A collage of four portrait drawings by artist Deborah Aschheim

Raleigh Stories

Raleigh Stories is a community engagement public art project by Deborah Aschheim about Raleigh neighborhoods and communities. 

Bus & Transit

Raleigh BRT Rendering

Wake Bus Rapid Transit Artist in Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence will spend the next year working closely with the Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) design team to identify opportunities for public art in the Wake Bus Rapid Transit stations along the BRT corridors.

Parks & Greenways

An art piece by Scott Hazard

"Rise", 2020, Scott Hazard

Artist in Residence: Nature Preserves

Artist Scott Hazard is the City of Raleigh Artist in Residence for Nature Preserves. He will create artwork and hold a series of events throughout the Spring and Summer of 2024.

Shot of the eight tennis courts at Biltmore Hills Park

Biltmore Hills

This project is funded by the 2022 parks bond as part of improvements to the tennis infrastructure on the site. The project seeks to honor the history of the Biltmore Hills and Rochester Heights neighborhoods, which are among the first African-American subdivisions built in the USA. The City will work with the community to select an artist in 2024 who will then create public memory and place-keeping artworks. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

The outside of the Green Road Park community center

Green Road Park

As part of the 2022 Parks Bond, the City plans to make improvements to Green Road Park. The project includes enhanced site accessibility, improved park amenities, a comfort station, a picnic shelter, and a central activity plaza. The City of Raleigh Green Road Community Center shares a campus with the Wake County Green Road Library. One of the goals of the project is to connect the two buildings to create a welcoming community campus. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

A rendering of Dix Park Plaza & Play by MVVA featuring a curved pathway through gardens and trees. People are walking on the path and throughout the park.

Gipson Play Plaza

The Gipson Play Plaza aspires to be an inviting and inspiring public space for all ages with one-of-a-kind play spaces, a civic plaza, fountains, gardens, and areas to relax with family and friends. The history of the site will come alive through public art, interpretive signage, and a rehabilitated historic house.

image of underwater pool swimming lanes

John Chavis Memorial Park Aquatics Center & Heritage Plaza

This project is funded by the 2022 parks bond as part of improvements to the tennis infrastructure on the site. The project seeks to honor the history of the Biltmore Hills and Rochester Heights neighborhoods, which are among the first African-American subdivisions built in the USA. The city will work with the community to select an artist in 2024 who will then create public memory and place-keeping artworks. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

The exterior of the John P Top Greene Community Center

John P. "Top" Greene Community Center

The center features historical exhibits and displays that interpret the history and culture of the South Park and East Raleigh neighborhoods. The Center is currently used by community groups who meet in the meeting hall, and is also the site of a neighborhood archive room. As part of the renovations, the archive room will be formalized and expanded. The vision for the park is for the expanded “Top” Greene Center to act as a cultural and community hub. The public artist for the project is Dare Coulter. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Paved path through woody area

Lake Lynn Loop Trail

The Lake Lynn Loop Trail is located in northwest Raleigh and connects the Lake Lynn Community Center to Lynn Road. This project includes the following improvements along the west side of the loop trail: rehabilitation of the trail, including a new base, new asphalt surface, trail widening, grading and drainage enhancements, improved access to and from adjacent communities, pavement markings, and pedestrian bridge replacement. The selected artist for this project is A Gang of Three. Stand-alone public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Method Road Park community center exterior

Method Road Community Center

The Method Road Community Center is housed in one of only two surviving buildings from the multi-building Berry O’Kelly School.  Also known as the Pioneers Building, it now serves as a community center at Method Park, a City of Raleigh facility. As part of the 2022 Parks Bond, the City plans to renovate the existing historic community center to address needed improvements and community priorities. Among the goals of the public artwork is to highlight the rich history and diversity of the Method Community.

aerial view of the Neuse river

Neuse River Park

Neuse River Park is an 84-acre site located at 12028 Falls of Neuse Road. The park is adjacent to the Neuse River Greenway and the Falls Dam Blueway Access. The Selected artist will work with the planning and design teams to integrate artwork into the landscape, hardscape, and possible built elements. The artist will also work with community stakeholders to define community and aesthetic goals for the artwork.

The exterior of Sertoma Arts Center at Shelley lake Park

Sertoma Arts Center

The planned improvements to the Sertoma Arts Center include an update and minor expansion of the existing art center to address building improvement needs and growing programming demands. The public art will engage with the artistic community at the center as well as the surrounding Shelley Lake site.

School band in formation wearing red shirts and black shorts

South Park Heritage Walk

The proposed South Park Heritage Walk will comprehensively tell the story of an important historically Black neighborhood–the South Park neighborhood. The walk route is included in the boundary of the Council-endorsed South Park Cultural District. The walk will utilize existing sidewalks and may include updated signage, and integrated landscape features along the trail. The public artist for this project is J Stacy Utley.  Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program. 

The outside of the Tarboro Road Community Center

Tarboro Road Park

The redevelopment of Tarboro Road Park is funded via the 2022 City of Raleigh Parks Bond.  Redevelopment of the park will center around a new community center and may include a new playground, community gathering areas, court play space, landscaping, parking, and stormwater improvements.  The project also includes improvements and upgrades to the historic Saint Monica Teen Center. The public art will engage with the history of the site as well as the surrounding neighborhoods.

Roadways

Rendering of the new Atlantic Road

Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project

The project is located between Highwoods Boulevard and New Hope Church Road. The proposed improvements will improve safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Image of Barwell Road with fields on the left and driveways on the right

Barwell Road Public Art Project

The Barwell Road Improvement Project will add turn lanes, sidewalks, and bike lanes on Barwell Road. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Plan of the widening of Blue Ridge Road

Blue Ridge Road Public Art Project

This project will build a functional and safer multi-modal corridor along the Blue Ridge Road corridor from Duraleigh Road to Crabtree Valley Avenue. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Carolina Pines Avenue rendering

Carolina Pines Public Art Project

The Carolina Pines Avenue project is located between Lake Wheeler Road and South Saunders Street. The corridor includes a lake and well used public park as well as a residential neighborhood. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

A rendering of the Marsh Creek and Trawick road improvement project showing different lanes and sidewalks and their uses.

Marsh Creek Road & Trawick Road Public Art Project

The Marsh Creek Road and Trawick Road Improvement Project will include sidewalks, enhanced bus stops, bicycle infrastructure, street trees, and traffic calming. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

1018 Oberlin Road Circa 1948

Oberlin Road Public Art Project

The purpose of the Oberlin Road Streetscape Project is to improve the street with wider sidewalks, revised traffic lanes and bus stops, and landscaping. Artist Chandra Cox is working with the living ancestors of Oberlin Village to tell the story of this historic community.

 

Rendering of the new Poole Road

Poole Road Public Art Project

The Poole roadway widening stretches from Maybrook Drive to Barwell Road. The design calls for widening Poole to a four-lane complete street with a median, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities.

Rendering of Six Forks Road for improvement project

Six Forks Road Public Art Project

The Six Forks Road project involves widening road to accommodate three lanes of travel in each direction with a planted median, separated bike lane and sidewalks on each side of the road. Stand-alone and/or integrated public art will be added as part of the Percent for Art program.

Contact

 

Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director
kelly.mcchesney@raleighnc.gov
919-996-3610

Julia Whitfield
Public Art Community Engagement Coordinator
julia.whitfield@raleighnc.gov
919-996-4689

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