Local Artist Dare Coulter will spend the next year working with the Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) final design team, as the Artist-In-Residence (AIR). The Artist-In-Residence program places an artist as a creative strategist to assist with art integration into the Wake BRT program. She will identify and create conceptual ideas for art integration and placement, working to identify “canvases” for possible artwork on a system level.
During her residency, Coulter will be focusing on the New Bern Avenue corridor. A major component of the residency will be conducting community engagement to gather feedback from the communities near each station, with the goal of including the shared history and experiences of the community in the stations’ artwork. In addition, Coulter will identify unique elements for the BRT stations that reference the community’s character. She will advise on art integration during the design of stations and create an overall identity along the corridor.
Coulter is an award-winning artist, muralist, and sculptor. For the last 16 years, she has lived in Wake County where the bulk of her public artwork has been created.
The mission of her work is to create positive imagery of black people and their families. Coulter’s most recent notable works include a 200ft mural (with Kotis Street Art) in Greensboro honoring oft-unmentioned black cowboys and a commissioned painting of Nina Simone from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, used to raise funds to restore Simone's childhood home.
In November 2016, Wake County voters approved a transit-dedicated half-cent sales tax investment to expand and better connect the public transit network throughout Wake County, this includes building approximately 20 miles of BRT.
BRT is a flexible, high capacity transit solution that combines physical and operational elements to increase service speed and reliability, along with providing high-frequency services and extended service hours. BRT will include dedicated bus lanes, priority treatment at traffic signals, and enhanced stations with level boarding for accessibility and ease.
For questions regarding the AIR Program, contact Kelly McChesney, Public Art Director for Raleigh Arts, at 919-996-5657 or Kelly.McChesney@raleighnc.gov.
For questions regarding BRT, contact Mila Vega, Program Manager for the Department of Transportation at 919-996-4123 or Mila.Vega@raleighnc.gov.
About Raleigh Arts
Raleigh Arts is the City's hub for public art, community arts programming and organizational support for the cultural sector. Raleigh Arts also oversees the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers and manages several exhibition spaces as well as the Municipal Art Collection. It is their goal to ensure every resident has access to the arts and support our local creative community.
The City of Raleigh's Transportation Department consolidates transportation and related infrastructure. From planning transportation projects, system operation, and infrastructure maintenance, the department works to optimize service delivery and position the City for ongoing growth. Services provided by the department include transportation planning, traffic engineering, transportation field services, parking operations, GoRaleigh transit services, and highway maintenance.