Local Artists to Help Boost Business Thanks to Area Groups and ‘Wish You Were Here’ Campaign

COVID-19 has affected business sectors and communities everywhere, including the arts. 

Now local artists, business groups, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City are partnering to create new art to drive traffic to area business districts.  Seven Business Alliances will use over $92,000 in Impact Partner Grants to help fund 14 creative art projects across the City.

The creative projects include new banners, murals, a light installation, landscape art, artistic benches, collaborative community art projects, and a digital visitor experience. Some are already rolling out, and most will launch Spring-Summer 2021.

These new works will inspire community interest, engagement, and visits to various areas around the City with shops, restaurants, and more. 

The Midtown Raleigh Alliance's has already hosted its Banner Art Contest, and the winners Kelly Schrader and Rich Gurnsey will have their work displayed as part of this initiative. 

Shrader said, "I relocated to Raleigh early 2020 and within weeks of arriving my job was gone due to the pandemic. As artist, we rarely get paid for our work and this award came just in time as artists, myself included, continue to struggle during this time”.

Districts where you will see this new art are:

  • Midtown 
  • Downtown 
  • Glenwood South 
  • Hillsborough Street 
  • Blue Ridge Corridor 
  • Person Street 
  • Five Points Business District 

The seven business alliances awarded grants were: Midtown Raleigh AllianceDowntown Raleigh AllianceGlenwood South Neighborhood CollaborativeHillsborough Street Community Service CorporationBlue Ridge Corridor Alliance, Person Street Partnership and the Five Points Business District Association. 

Learn more about these business support groups.   

The art projects will be part of the “Wish You Were Here”  campaign. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau launched the campaign in 2020 to keep Raleigh places and experiences top of mind.