At #pixelwalldurham YOU’RE The Artist

Pixel Wall Durham

On November 4, 2018 Durham Central Park’s Pixel Wall was installed. This is a space for community members and visitors to get creative and make art! Everyone is invited to join.

The Pixel Wall is located on the east side of Durham Central Park, on Liberty Warehouse Apartment’s brick wall overlooking the great lawn.

Here are a few things to remember when you visit:

  1. Make Art!
  2. Take a picture and tag it #pixelwalldurham
  3. Return unused pixels (blocks) to the wall

Photo credit: Ryan Moeller Photography

   

Interactive Pixel Wall Mural Coming November 4 to Durham Central Park

DURHAM, N.C. – The Liberty Warehouse Wall at Durham Central Park will soon have new interactive public art on display and the Durham community is invited to the early November opening ceremony.

Hosted by the City of Durham and Durham Central Park, the opening ceremony will take place on the east side of park, which is located at 501 Foster St., on Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m. At this event, community members will have the opportunity to meet the artist collective behind the mural, Pixel Patch Creative, and create pixel murals of their own. The Opening Ceremony will take place alongside the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo, and marks the second major public art installation along the Durham SmART corridor.

The public art installation, titled A Story Goes On, was created to facilitate an interactive, engaging  artistic experience in the heart of downtown Durham in which visitors are encouraged to create murals using movable pixel blocks. To celebrate the region’s incredible artistic legacy, The Story Goes On, provides space for emerging creative visions and pays particular tribute to local visionaries and thought leaders who have used their craft to advance social change.

Durham Central Park, Inc., Liberty Warehouse Apartments, and the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development, General Services Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, Public Art Committee, and the Artist Selection Committee selected Pixel Patch Creative as the artist team to design and install public art for the Liberty Warehouse Wall. This selection followed a participatory review process of 104 artist applications from across the United States responding to a national call for qualifications released in September 2017.

For more information about this public art installation or its opening ceremony, contact Special Projects Manager Stacey Poston with the City’s General Services Department at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254 or by email.

About Pixel Patch Creative

Pixel Patch Creative is an artist collective founded to promote inclusive community engagement. Their work is hosted in public spaces to support place-making, tactile interactions, and multi-layered dialogue. Pixel Patch Creative design simple tools so communities have accessible ways to express themselves creatively. For more information, follow on Twitter and Instagram.

About the SmART Vision Plan

In 2012, the City of Durham was selected as one of five cities in North Carolina to participate in the 2012 North Carolina ArtsCouncil’s SmART Initiative to demonstrate how creative placemaking revitalizes downtowns and fuels sustainable economic development. The Durham Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Durham, Durham County, and multiple private partners and community stakeholders, worked with award winning landscape architect and urban designer Mikyoung Kim, creating a SmART Vision Plan, which reimagines the rapidly transforming north-south corridor straight through downtown. For more information, visit https://www.smartdurham.org.

About Durham Central Park, Inc.

Durham Central Park, Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization that holds a management agreement to operate, develop, and program Durham Central Park, a five-acre, City-owned park in downtown Durham. Durham Central Park features numerous gardens, paths and benches, open fields, kids play area, climbable sculptures, a skate park, and a large pavilion that is home to the farmers’ market and other community events.  For more information, follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About the City of Durham General Services Department

The General Services Department builds and maintains City properties to make Durham a great place for people to live, work, and play. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department’s core functions include the acquisition and sale of properties, design and management of new construction and renovation projects, building maintenance, landscaping and urban forestry services, cemeteries management, sustainability and energy management, cultural and public art program management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful.

About the City of Durham Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee serves as an advisory body to the Durham City Council and the City Manager, and its functions include assisting the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development on matters relating to public art; implementation of the Public Art Policy; and reviewing proposals for public art projects brought to it by the City administration; and making recommendations to the Cultural Advisory Board regarding project approvals. To further help artists connect with opportunities, the City has aDurham Calls for Artists page on its website, which lists a number of upcoming opportunities for artists in and around Durham. Artists and other stakeholders who would like to be notified of current and future art-related opportunities and news can now sign up for alerts through the Cultural and Public Art mailing list. For more information about the City’s Public Art Program, visit the City’s public art web page. Artists interested in more information about the Public Art program may also contact Special Projects Manager Stacey Poston with the City’s General Services Department at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254 or by email.

5 minute DCP survey (Spanish or English)!

Help us improve the Park —

We want to hear from you!

Durham Central Park is seeking community input to learn more about your use the Park, what you like, and what needs improvement.

By answering our brief 5 minute survey, you will help to shape the direction of the Park and make it a better place for the entire Durham community. This is the first phase of information gathering leading up to a public design charrette this fall. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate. Please share the survey widely with friends and neighbors!

At the end of the survey, you can enter a drawing for a Durham Central Park t-shirt. We appreciate your input!

The 2016 Community Input Survey is available in English and Spanish. Links below:
ENGLISH 
SPANISH 

Volunteer WASTE WARRIORS receive incentives!

At Durham Central Park, we are committed to waste reduction, recycling AND composting, but we need your help, Waste Warriors. No experience is necessary. Teens are welcome–earn your community service hours. In return, you get a Durham Central Park t-shirt, free vouchers to use at the food truck of your choice, and a food feeling when you see how much you helped divert from the landfill! For more info and to sign up, visit: http://wp.me/P3BVey-EF

Dates: January 24, March 13, June 19, September 4, October 30 (our Food Truck Rodeos)

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs
  • Set up volunteer tent
  • Staff the waste stations athat include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into containers – trash, recycling, or compost – as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost buns when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers
  • Break down volunteer tent

 

 

 

Help DCP add Mt. Merrill drinking fountain, benches and more

Did you know that it’s been almost a year since Mt. Merrill officially opened?! Every Saturday, it is teeming with children running up the hills and zooming down the slides, thoroughly enjoying the outdoors.  Even on weekdays, families play there with home-schooled children or teachers with groups of children from nearby schools or the YMCA.  They love it, as you can see here on our Flickr page.

The success of the play area has brought to our attention the need for some additional enhancements.  We want to share them with you in the hopes that you would consider making an “anniversary donation” to Mount Merrill.  Our needs include:

  •        Benches for parents and grandparents to sit and watch their children
  •        Permanent fencing to protect children from rolling into the creek
  •        Water fountain to keep everyone hydrated and happy

Our goal is $20,000.00 and we hope you will consider making a gift to keep Durham Central Park a place where everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.  Donations can be made online at Durham Central Park’s secure web site www.durhamcentralpark.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to PO Box 1526, Durham, NC 27702 with Mt Merrill in the memo line.

Mt. Merrill was built on community support. It is named in memory of Merrill Davis, the son of George Davis from Stone Brothers and Byrd. During his lifetime, Merrill loved and supported DCP. He got the grass to grow in the terribly hard soil after the Pavilion was built, he got married in the Park, and was always willing to pitch in and help build the park you know and love today. After Merrill died tragically in a car accident in 2012, the community came together, through donations large and small, to build this one-of-a-kind play area in his honor.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit and enjoy Mt. Merrill, we hope that you will visit sometime soon. It’s fun for kids of all ages! Even our Executive Director is known to run up the rocks and slide down the slide from time to time. Thank you for considering supporting and enhancing Mt. Merrill and Durham Central Park. Play on!

GoAskMom helps Mt. Merrill Kickstarter campaign rise to $10K

In less than two weeks, local individuals, businesses and families have pulled together, donating more than $10,000 to Durham Central Park’s $25,000 Mt. Merrill Kickstarter campaign. WRAL’s indispensable parenting blog, GoAskMom, is lending a hand to spread the word, as we approach the campaign’s crucial half way point: GoAskMom http://www.wral.com/kickstarter-campaign-raises-money-for-durham-playground/13629419/ 

Building Mt. Merrill, the interactive, handicap-accessible climbing mound, has also become a community effort in terms of gathering donated and recycled materials. “Stone Brothers & Byrd is donating trees and plantings, and local sculptor Al Frega is donating benches” says DCP Board chair Lee Ann Tilley.

Thank you April 26 Durham Central Park Workday Crew!

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Shout out and BIG thank you to Tracey Goetz and Sarah Artz and all the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/York Simpson Underwood Realty group and Old North State Landscaping (Will and Ben Lang and their crew) for a great workday at Durham Central Park on Saturday morning, April 26!  They brought tons of mulch, new hostas and a beautiful Japanese maple to spruce up their garden in the south west corner of the park. Take a gander behind the Pavilion, beside the Measurement Inc parking lot.  These folks are a wonderful example of how  Durham Central Park is a REAL community effort!  We could not do it without you!

Come see the garden…it’s beautiful!

Broadway Veterinary Hospital’s Donation to Durham Central Park

 

RVT Paisley holding Bear and assistant Sally holding Boone, at Durham Central Park

 

​Durham Central Park now has a new dog waste bag station, thanks to Broadway Veterinary Hospital! They are downtown Durham’s first vet, offering veterinary care primarily for dogs and cats.  They also offer acupuncture to help treat chronic pain conditions and other medical disorders.

 

Already woven into the fabric of the community, BVH is a Sustain-A-Bull member and a place to earn and redeem Bull City Bucks. Check out their upcoming puppy classes or open house, April 12-13th (during the Durham Art Walk.)

 

“We wanted to support DCP because it is such a great place for the Durham community to gather – whether that is for the Farmer’s Market, Food Truck Rodeos, or other events.  It’s a great place to bring a dog for exercise and relaxation, and it’s always important to keep the area clean for others to enjoy” says Broadway Veterinary Hospital owner, Amber Meade, MS, DVM. www.bvhdurham.com

 

 

 

 

‘Mount Merrill’ to be “a children’s magnet” at Durham Central Park

Funds are being raised to build a children’s “climbing mound” in honor of George Merrill Davis III, the former general manager of the garden supply store Stone Bros & Byrd. Durham Central Park leaders are in the early stages of fundraising for the project”  “I just think this would be the most fitting memorial to a sweet guy because this is going to attract children from all over the city,” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park board chair. “It’s just going to be a children’s magnet.” From http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1385731210/-Mount-Merrill-to-memorialize-former-Stone-Bros-Byrd-manager

1500 Pound Steel Sculpture On Display At Durham Central Park

Michael Waller Sculpture Durham Central Park

There is a new sculpture on display in Durham’s Central Park. The seven foot, 1500 pound steel sculpture, called Reunion, resembles an intricate woven basket. It was created by Michael E. Waller, a sculptor with Liberty Arts Non-Profit Sculpture Studio and Foundry. Getting the sculpture placed was a collaborative effort between Durham Central Park, Durham’s Cultural Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Liberty Arts. Durham’s Five Points, an original contender for Reunion’s site, fell through but Frank Konhaus, of the Cultural Advisory Board contacted Durham Central Park’s Executive Director, Ann Alexander, because he felt Durham Central Parkwould be a perfect temporary home. “Parks and Recreation, Planning, Engineering, Transportation and Stormwater Management all moved with incredible speed to get this reviewed and approved in less than 4 days” says Peter Coyle Senior Economic Development Coordinator at Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Collaboration continued as Reunion was brought directly from the Sculpture in the Garden show at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, in sculptor Wayne Vaughn’s truck, free of charge. Michael Waller is loaning Reunion to Durham Central Park free of charge. Waller, a member of the Liberty Arts group, has been a professional sculptor since 1997 after earning a BFA in Sculpture at East Carolina University. Reunion will be on display until May 1, when it will be replaced with a sculpture juried in the the upcoming Bull City Sculpture Show. Durham Central Park will host multiple, large, dynamic pieces from throughout the U.S. during the show. You can find out more about the Bull City Sculpture Show at www.bullcitysculptureshow.org.