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Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Inclusive Public Art Initiative

Artist Call
The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and its partner, the North Carolina Museum of Art, are seeking a community-engaged artist for Africa to Carolina, a semi-finalist project of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Inclusive Public Art Initiative. The artist will collaborate with communities to design a public art piece commemorating the lives and lasting legacies of those who disembarked from the African continent onto North Carolina’s coastal shores.
Project Overview

Africa to Carolina has been executed in a series of thoughtful, collaborative phases since 2018. The NCAAHC relied upon research and innovative public engagement to learn more about disembarkation sites, to create a community-informed path forward for Africa to Carolina, and to connect deeply with disembarkation communities across the state. This work has birthed many ideas for memorializing sites of disembarkation, as well as educational and informational resources like mobile exhibitions and digital tools. The NCAAHC is now positioned to work alongside collaborators, new and old, to physically commemorate North Carolina disembarkation sites. Thus, we seek an artist from North Carolina to serve as the lead designer of a public art piece commemorating the memory and legacies of those persons who disembarked from the African continent to North Carolina. 

Deadline and Milestones

  • Artist application submission deadline: October 7, 2022
  • Selected artist notified: October 24, 2022
  • Phase I community engagement sessions: October-November 2022
  • Draft renderings shared: December 2022
  • Final rendering, budget, and scope of work shared: January 2023
Submission and Additional Information

The NC African American Heritage Commission works to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina's African American history, art, and culture, for all people.

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