envision Saint Agnes
a placemaking /artmaking event
Calling all artists, art lovers and creative thinkers!
Join us on Saint Augustine’s University campus for a day of making art and joy inspired by Saint Agnes Hospital. Bring your crayons, cameras, markers and imagination and put them to work honoring, portraying and recreating this historic Raleigh landmark.
April 8 Event Activities Schedule at 1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610:
Events located (or beginning) in the Prezell Robinson Library -
- 8 am - 10 am - Early Bird Artists Breakfast
- 10 am - 12 pm - African American History Walking Tour w/ Tom Hancock
- 12 pm - 1 pm - Hands-on Activities for Kids
- 1 pm – 3 pm - Documentary Screening – “Saint Agnes the Untold Story” and a Discussion w/ Irene Clark; Hands-on Activities for Kids
- 3 pm - 5 pm - Watercolor Workshop w/Linda Dallas
Events located on Saint Agnes site -
- 6:30am – 8 am - Sunrise Photography Session
- 10 am – 12 pm - I Was Born at Saint Agnes Composite Photography Session w/ Mike Aliff; I wish this was…Activity
- 12 pm - 1 pm - I Was Born at Saint Agnes Composite Photography Session w/ Mike Aliff; I wish this was…Activity
- 1 pm – 3 pm - I wish this was…Activity
- 3 pm - 5 pm - Urban Sketching w/ Scott Renk
- 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Sunset Photography Session
*Enjoy some curbside cuisine at the more than 6 food trucks on the sites.
The Site – Saint Agnes Hospital
Built in 1908 from stones quarried from Saint Augustine’s campus, this four-story structure was the second home of Saint Agnes Hospital (1896 -1961). Known as “The Healing Place”, Saint Agnes served the African-American community for 65 years providing both nurses training and medical care. In 1922, it was referred to as the only well-equipped hospital for Negros between Washington DC and New Orleans, serving not only North Carolina but adjacent Virginia and South Carolina. Today, the empty shell remains a beautiful edifice that reminds us of its valuable past and beckons toward a vital future.
The Next Step
Submit your Saint Agnes inspired art to be considered for the envision Saint Agnes exhibition scheduled for September 27 – November 10, 2017 at Block Gallery located in the Raleigh Municipal Building. Submit a jpg no larger than 2MB with Artist’s Name, Title, Medium, Size and Price. Artists agree to donate 30% of all sales from this exhibition toward creating a student designed public artwork that celebrates Saint Agnes.
Directions for Submission
As a part of the City of Raleigh’s sustainability initiative, we encourage the reduction of paper use. To that end, please submit materials in one of the following ways:
- Submit through our Wufoo form
- Email documents to email@example.com. Subject line: Saint Agnes Call.
- Upload files to our FTP site. For access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All materials must be received no later than Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 5pm EDT. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline so that any unforeseen problems with the materials can be addressed. Notification of the jury selections will be sent by Friday, September 1, 2017 with delivery and exhibition details.
Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, Block Gallery was dedicated in 2006 to honor Miriam Preston Block, a former Raleigh City Council member and community leader. Greeting all visitors to the Raleigh Municipal Building, Block Gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every 8-12 weeks.
Managed by the City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery is located on the first and second floors of the City’s Municipal Building downtown at 222 West Hargett St. and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except on holidays.
The Office of Raleigh Arts – a division of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department – supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and overseeing the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers.
For more information on the Block Gallery, contact Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Block Gallery coordinator, at 919-996-4687 or email@example.com.