Inclusive Public Art

Funding Agency:
Reynolds Foundation, Z. Smith

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes that art can open the door to conversation. Our investment in inclusive public art is intended to share stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of North Carolina, especially those whose stories are often untold. We hope that this effort will catalyze community conversations that can result in a shared, and fuller, understanding of our common history — and common bonds — as North Carolinians.

During the Foundation’s recent, yearlong listening and learning tour, it was evident that legacies of racism and segregation were pervasive in many communities we visited, but are not discussed often in public unless there is a major issue involving race. Combined with the historic and recent controversies regarding public art, monuments and race, the Foundation wanted to explore how art could serve as a starting place for people to engage in important — even difficult and courageous — conversations about their community’s past, present and future.

This initiative aims to include historically marginalized people in the decision-making processes about art in public places and is intended to spark healthy dialogue. The community engagement aspect of these grants will be just as important as the art installations themselves, and the Foundation is looking for communities that will authentically engage a cross-section of their communities in telling, discussing and perhaps even producing the story(ies) depicted in the art.

Projects/installations should express/demonstrate/depict one or more of the following:

  • Contributions or achievements of a North Carolina person or group, especially women and people of color, whose story in a particular part of the state has not been or is not often told;
  • Ways in which the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities makes our communities better; and/or
  • Ways in which cultural differences strengthen our communities.

ZSR will invest in up to 10 projects with awards of as much as $50,000 each. Additional resources will be available for community engagement activities surrounding each art project. Grants will be made for visual art, not performance art.

Before approaching the funder or submitting an application:

  • Prospective applicants from Duke University – contact Nancy Hillsman in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0469 or nancy.hillsman@duke.edu.
  • Prospective applicants from Duke Medicine – contact Anita Shirley in Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs at 919-385-3117 or anita.shirley@duke.edu

Letters of Intent are due on October 8, 2018 (by 12:00 p.m. NOON).

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

ZSR encourages communities to engage artists of color and women artists. However, communities do not need to have already identified an artist in order to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI).

All LOIs must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) organization, college/university, religious entity or governmental unit.

Amount

$50,000

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty
Institutional

Category

Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

External Deadline

October 8, 2018