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Wake Bus Rapid Transit Program Artist-in-Residence

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Public Input and Upcoming Meetings

Wake Bus Rapid Transit PublicInput Art Project Page

Artist-in-Residence Dare Coulter is gathering inspiration and learning about the communities surrounding the Wake Bus Rapid Transit project. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and to share input and stories about the neighborhood. Virtual community meetings held using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.

Project Details

In November of 2016, Wake County voters approved a plan for focused investment in public transit which includes building approximately 20 miles of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes.

As the Artist-in-Residence for the project, Dare Coulter will spend the next year working closely with the Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) design team (architects, engineers, planners, city staff) to identify opportunities for public art in the Wake Bus Rapid Transit stations along the BRT corridors. The first phase of this residency will focus in particular on the New Bern Avenue Corridor; however, future placement areas for artwork will be considered for the entire BRT system to create a cohesive vision for the overall corridor.

A major component of the residency is conducting community engagement sessions to gather feedback from the communities near each station, to include the shared history and experiences of the community in the station artworks. Coulter may design specific artworks for inclusion in the stations as well as work with other local artists on material and medium-specific pieces. Additionally, Coulter will also develop renderings, and establish project budgets and timelines.

This public art project is a part of the Wake Bus Rapid Transit Program.


Community engagement and design through Fall 2021.

Artist Biography

Headshot of Dare Coulter, Artist-In-Residence for the Wake Bus Rapid Transit Program

Dare Coulter is an award-winning artist, muralist, and sculptor. Her mission for her artwork is primarily to create positive imagery of black people and families. Her most recent notable work includes a 200ft mural (with Kotis Street Art) in Greensboro honoring oft-unmentioned black cowboys and  a commission of a painting of Nina Simone from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that was used to raise funds to restore Nina Simone's childhood home.

Dare Coulter was born in Augusta, GA. For the last 16 years she has lived in Wake County, NC where the bulk of her public art work has been created.

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