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Chatham County to discuss public art

Posted Monday, January 9, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Jeffrey J. York, director of public art and community design for the North Carolina Arts Council, will lead “A Chatham County Conversation on Public Art,” Wednesday January 18 in Pittsboro. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Central Carolina Community College. This is the first in a series of community discussions, “Talk About Art,” sponsored by ChathamArts, the county arts council, which promotes and presents the arts and artists in the community and schools.

York, an expert advocate of broad-based public involvement in the arts, will highlight the ways in which North Carolina communities have successfully planned and commissioned works of art in public places as part of community development initiatives. He will share a five-step strategy for developing a public art plan, ranging from learning about public art and the public art process to establishing a vision and goals for public art in the community.

York has advised public art programs for the Charlotte Area Transit System, the Triangle Transit Authority and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and he has been instrumental in the North Carolina Freedom Monument Project designed to celebrate African American experiences in a Raleigh monument slated to be complete in 2008.

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