UDC Talks

Join us at the COR Museum at noon for free lecture series

Event posted Aug. 02, 2016 - 6:00 am | updated Sep 13, 2016
Ilan Averbuch, “Communicating Vessels,” Commissioned by Raleigh’s public art program.

The Raleigh Urban Design Center (UDC) invites you to join us at noon at the COR Museum,

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 for:

Art as Infrastructure


Sarah Powers, Executive Director, Office of Raleigh Arts

A discussion of the infrastructure of art and creativity, from abstract concepts of artist networks and their effect on the community to the direct impact of public art on our built environment.

Topics will include how an open source structure can empower a community, using SPARKcon as a model and the city's plans for art investment as priority including the percent for art program, the Municipal Art Collection and public art in parks, and other public spaces. This talk will answer questions about how to get started through collaboration, citizen-initiated art projects, and how to infuse art into the entire city.


Sarah is an artist based in Raleigh, North Carolina whose mixed media work focuses on industrial and rural landscapes and landscape details. Powers is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, maintains a studio in University Park and is represented locally by The Mahler Fine Art. She was a recipient of an Indies Art Award in 2012 and was selected by the News and Observer to on their list of new Triangle leaders in 2016.

Sarah Powers is also the Executive Director at Visual Art Exchange, a non-profit in Raleigh NC dedicated to incubating emerging artists and connecting the community to the arts. VAE’s major programs include exhibitions, continuing education for artists, and SPARKcon, an interdisciplinary art and design festival and showcase. Prior to her tenure at VAE she directed the galleries at the Providence Art Club in Rhode Island for 4 years, and joined VAE after managing Donor Relations for Carolina Ballet. She serves on the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Board of Directors as secretary and is currently the chair of the steering committee for the Raleigh Arts Plan.

All events are free and open to the public. Registrations not required and no reservations are needed. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the talks.

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Education Credits:
UDCtalks will qualify for education credits via self submittal for AICP, AIA, and NCBOLA.


  • Art as Infrastructure
  • Sep 21, 2016
  • Noon - 1:30 pm
  • Raleigh’s Historical Infrastructure
  • Oct 19, 2016
  • Noon - 1:30 pm
  • Urban Design in Raleigh
  • Nov 09, 2016
  • Noon - 1:30 pm


  • City of Raleigh Museum
  • 220 Fayetteville Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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