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The Town of Carrboro is pleased to announce the installation of the town’s newest murals at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
The project was an effort to create murals that would reflect Dr. King’s message in the town’s newest park. The effort was led by the Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department in conjunction with the Arts Committee. The department solicited local student artists who were residents of the Town of Carrboro, while the Arts Committee provided funding and served as the selection committee for the student submissions. To recruit the student artists, the department worked with local media outlets, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, the Carrboro Youth Advisory Board, the Carrboro Youth Council, as well as local schools and art teachers.
The Carrboro student residents who submitted renderings and were selected for the project were Kathy Bolanos-Villanueva, Hannah Ingham, and Lily Reeves.
The town worked closely with local artist and muralist Michael Brown, along with his protégé, Livian Kennedy, a recent arts graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Brown led the efforts to bring the student artists’ concepts and renderings to life, providing his expertise and the use of his studio space which allowed the students to create the full-size murals.
Following their completion, the two murals were framed and a protective cover was added and they were installed by local Carrboro company, Rice’s Glass Company. The murals are now displayed on the eastern and western sides of the main building at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, located at 1120 Hillsborough Rd. in Carrboro. One of the two murals contains an interactive component, allowing patrons to share via a QR code to answer the question “What are you doing for others?,” to foster a sense of community and share how they are each helping to realize Dr. King’s dream. Some of those submissions may be chosen for display on the Town of Carrboro’s website and social media platforms.
The following images depict the two murals:
The following are brief bios/artists statements from the artists involved in this project.
I very much enjoyed facilitating the creation of this work of public art. The final murals were a true community effort and a great way to enhance a new local park. It was a genuinely collaborative effort where many groups and diverse people contributed, including students, parents, town officials, citizens’ committee members, and artists. How well this resonates with Dr. Kings Legacy.
Everyone’s ideas came together for a great final design, with one wall symbolizing the power of a united community in action and the other wall encouraging individual responsibility. Again, so fitting for a tribute to Dr. King!
I especially take my hat off to the student volunteers for their conceptual contributions and for executing the work. It was an honor to be asked to participate.
For information or questions, please contact the Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department at 919.918.7364 or email@example.com