SEEK Raleigh at Dix Park is a festival of the arts bringing together 20 temporary art installations and performances in partnership with Raleigh Arts. These experimental projects are designed to introduce the public to new, diverse, and thought-provoking experiences in which both the artist and the community will find novel ways to learn and share the stories of Dorothea Dix Park, one of the City's most important historical sites.
Explore the park as artists bring alive the history and significance of our Dorothea Dix campus through puppetry, sound, structure, illumination, and performance art. On Saturday, enjoy food, drinks, music, dancing and arts + craft activities for kids and adults as you circulate the park participating with artists to bring their work to life.
Friday, May 31 | Starting at 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 1 | Starting at 3:00 pm
Saturday Festival includes:
- Food + Beer
- Art + Craft Activities
- Music + Dancing
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OMAi | Mapping Stories
Raleigh Arts welcomed Austrian artist collective OMAi for a series of interactive animation projections on notable buildings throughout Raleigh from Oct. 27 through Nov. 13. 2018. OMAi Mapping Stories included session at Saint Agnes, and in Downtown Raleigh. Each session was complemented by artist workshops, community sessions and student programming in collaboration with local artists, musicians and performers.
OMAi is a digital artist collective from Vienna, Austria that created the Tagtool technology. Tagtool is a free app for creating and manipulating images in real time for projection onto urban or rural infrastructure. Blending visual art, technology, and performance, OMAi uses their technology to create public art in collaboration with artists, musicians, and other performers. The result is an experiment in improvisation, collaboration and audience participation. OMAi's work was recently included in the exhibition "You Are Here" at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Artists collaborating with OMAi included Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, André Leon Gray, Lincoln Hancock, Finn Cohen, Anthony Kelley, Dare Coulter, DJ House, Eugene Taylor (Drum Prophet), Harriet Hoover, Napoleon Wright of Pan II Creative, Kaili Ingram, Cameron Philyaw, Justin Perry, Tyree Daye, The Flow (Nathaniel Key), William Paul Thomas, Victor Knight and Shaun Knight.
OMAi Mapping Stories was made possible by City of Raleigh, Saint Augustine's University, Dorothea Dix Park, North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, City of Raleigh, Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, as well as VAE Raleigh, Artspace and Envision partners Flight Raleigh, North State Consulting, Beaumonde and Envision Saint Agnes Hospital.
Artist Sarahlaine Calva is installing five stormdrain murals across the city of Raleigh to bring a pop of color to city streets and increase water pollution awareness. Her designs are made up of vibrant and bright-colored rain drops/water droplets and fish spanning across the sidewalks and storm drain covers. A map of the murals as well as additional images can be found at: https://arcg.is/rrrPe
Raleigh Stormwater and Raleigh Arts partnered on this project to add art in unexpected places and raise resident awareness that the small things we do each day can have a big impact on our natural resources. Anything that goes down the storm drain goes directly through the stormwater system to local streams and creeks. #OnlyRainDownTheDrain
Pictured: "Sun Showers" by Sarahlaine Calva
Artists have been busy creating murals to add a touch of whimsy to our sidewalks as part of the Raleigh ArtBeats program. Finding them is easy with the City's ArtBeats interactive map. The map includes the location, photograph, name of the artist and a brief description of each piece.
The 15 artists participating in the project are: Raquel Assanoua, Karen Coachman, Nicole Drake, Sean Durham, Britt Flood, Chika Gujarathi, Jai Martin, Laura Myers, Megan O'Connor, Leah Preiss, Robert Quinn, Helen Seebold, Buffy Taylor, Martha Thorn, and Graymon Ward. The 15 artists will install their works on a rolling basis between September 2018 and August 2019, with one to two artists installing each month.
Raleigh ArtBeats was created through a partnership between the City of Raleigh's Department of Transportation, Raleigh Arts Office, Artspace and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
Pictured: "Pizza Time" by Graymon Ward
Art on City Plaza
City Plaza features permanent public art including Jim Gallucci's 55-foot Light Towers and Horizon Line by Juan Logan, Susan Harbage Page and Peter Egan. The Office of Raleigh Arts, Artspace and Visual Art Exchange select three centerpiece sculptures every two years. Currently on view: Sculptures by Patrick McDonald. Image: Patrick McDonald, Diamonds are Forever (detail)
The Office of Raleigh Arts partners with GoRaleigh every other year to feature local artwork on GoRaleigh buses. In 2017 we celebrate ten years of public art partnership! This year's art buses will debut May 2017, with exciting programming that celebrates #arteverywhere.
Artist Bland Hoke's site-specific temporary public art is a popular addition to the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass event in downtown Raleigh, enhancing Bruno Lucchesi's iconic Sir Walter Raleigh sculpture with a bandstand created from hundreds of cast-off banjo parts. Public art support provided by Deering Banjos.
Block2 Video Screen - Sway
Raleigh public artist Matt McConnell created a sculptural video
screen for Raleigh Arts' Block2 Video Series. Titled "Sway," the painted
aluminum screen, measuring over 27 feet wide and 12 feet tall, was
commissioned as a part of a vision to redevelop and activate an
originally under-utilized space at Market Plaza on Fayetteville Street.
Cary-based audio-video engineering/design firm AVCON, Inc. provided the expertise and
equipment for projecting large-scale imagery.
The City of Raleigh partnered with First Citizens Bank, an ardent arts supporter whose collaboration for this endeavor extends to use of their bank wall and programmatic input.
Art Along Blount Street
The Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with the Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Duke Energy and Downtown Raleigh Alliance, developed the Art Along Blount Street public art project in celebration of the cultural history of the East Raleigh-South Park National Historic District. Ten artists created banners suspended on utility poles along Blount Street from Cabarrus Street to Shaw University, on view June–December 2015. The artists are Brandon Cordrey, Dare Coulter, Aaron Cracium, Debbie Crawford, Linda Dallas, Patrick FitzGerald, Rachel Herrick, Joyce Watkins King, Cindy Morefield and Robert Quinn.Learn more about Art Along Blount Street
Before I Die...
Before I Die... invites passersby to share their hopes and dreams in a public space. In 2011, artist Candy Chang turned the side of an abandoned New Orleans house into a giant chalkboard stenciled with, "Before I die I want to ______." The Office of Raleigh Arts debuted its Before I Die... wall at SPARKcon in 2012 and continues to bring it to events such as Artsplosure. VideoLearn more about Before I Die...
Love Across the USA, North Carolina
More than 140 volunteers attended a series of workshops with Olek, a New York-based artist known internationally for her large-scale crochet artworks. Participants worked with the artist to learn the techniques needed to create the artwork locally. More than 100 participants each completed a two-feet by two-feet crocheted section of the mural. Olek returned in October to stitch the individual pieces into a cohesive whole.
This project is made possible by the Office of Raleigh Arts and the Raleigh Convention Center. Partners for this public art project include Optic Artworks and Emily Alexander, Red Heart Yarn, Artspace, VAE Raleigh, CAM Raleigh, Anchorlight, Rebus Works, McConnell Studios, Top Greene Community Center, Chavis Community Center, Black Girl in the Arts, Raleigh Murals Project, Habitat for Humanity, American Underground, Gridworks, HQ Raleigh, The Carrack, Deco, Arts Now NC, Black on Black, The Forge Initiative, Red Hat, and Lump.
Moore Square Construction Fence
Raleigh artists Brian Gonzales, Cayce Lee, Shannon Newby, and artist team Peregrine Projects have been selected to create public art that will adorn the construction fence surrounding Moore Square's long-anticipated renovation through the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources department. Scheduled to begin Spring 2017, the artwork will be up for the duration of the construction. Project partners include Artspace, Flight, Marbles Kids Museum and the Raleigh Urban Design Center. (Image of proposal by Shannon Newby.)