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Public Art Stratetgic Plan

Raleigh Arts

Raleigh Arts is working on a strategic plan for public art in Raleigh, which will provide new directions on how public art is created for public and private places throughout the city. Through this process, Raleigh Arts will be looking at how to maximize the use of public and private and public art resources in a way that reflects the evolving use of public space in the city; taps broadly into the city’s creative resources; embraces the diversity of the city’s communities, histories and cultures; and supports the city’s arts ecosystem. The lead consultant is Todd W. Bressi with Via Partnership LLC.

Community Feedback
Although the Public Art Program is young, it is clear from the Raleigh Arts Plan feedback and community survey results that public art is a priority for residents and visitors. This public art plan process will provide recommendations on how to best utilize public art resources and propose opportunities that are best positioned to serve the community. Subscribe to the Arts Flash Newsletter for updates and opportunities to participate in surveys and public meetings. 

Project Background
In 2009, the City Council passed an ordinance setting aside one-half of 1 percent of municipal construction funds for public art. In 2016, the Percent for Art allocation was increased to 1 percent. The Office of Raleigh Arts developed the Public Art Program and appointed a seven-member Public Art and Design Board to oversee the implementation of these projects. 

In 2016, City Council adopted the Raleigh Arts Plan, a ten-year plan to strengthen arts and culture for all of the City’s many communities, residents, and visitors. The Plan recommended several overarching directions for public art, including integrating public art into daily life, expanding the program to new areas of the city, and strengthening the network of artists and organizations that create public art.


Project Details

Project Lead:
Luke Wallenbeck
Lead Consultant: Todd W. Bressi, Subconsultant: Via Partnership



Luke Wallenbeck, Capital Projects Supervisor

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




Planning Process

The planning process will include several types of community and stakeholder engagement. The timeframes outlined below are best estimates based on the status of the planning process.

January - February 2021: Public Survey and Online Engagement

A general public survey will collect information about people’s awareness of public art, and the priorities and opportunities they would like to focus on. 

January 2021: Focus Groups

Focus groups will inform discussions about how stakeholder groups – such as artists and arts, history, business, and economic development organizations – can effectively partner with the public art program. 

Spring & Summer 2022: Artist-Led Community Engagement

The planning team will engage local artists to lead a creative community engagement process at events throughout Raleigh in the summer of 2022. 

External Advisory Committee

The planning team will work with an external advisory committee of arts, business, and community leaders. Members will meet various times between December 2020 and June 2021 and again in Spring and Summer 2022 when the plan draft is available to review.

Next Steps


Summer 2022: Community engagement events and public meetings throughout Raleigh and virtually. 

Fall 2022: Finalize plan for approval. 

Phase Contacts


Luke Wallenbeck, Capital Projects Supervisor

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources


Date Activity
Fall 2020 Project Start
November 2020 - January 2022 Research Phase
November 2020 - February 2021 Engagement Phase
February 2022 - April 2022 Recommendation Phase
April 2022 - August 2022 Plan Finalization