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Slow Roll

By Mary Carter Taub, 2018
Uninstalled 2019

Formerly located at the bus shelter at  Carrboro Town Hall

Taub created a super-sized, abstract drawing made of brightly colored duct tape applied directly to the bus shelter windows.

Greenway StoryWalk

Visit the Chapel Hill Public Library and check out their temporary StoryWalk featuring One Earth by Eileen Spinelli.

Find the Ents on Bolin Creek Trail

During Earth Week, April 18th-24th , be amongst the trees, read a good book series from the Chapel Hill Public Library, and along your journey see and collect images of a few Ents

What are Ents? Lord of the Rings fans might already be familiar with these mythical tree creatures. You’ll find them among the trees along Bolin Creek Trail between Umstead Drive and Hillsborough Road.

Send at least one image of an Ent with you and/or your friends and family to be entered to win a prize! Send photo to #ChapelHillEnts 

Clark Blomquist

5-8 PM
Country Singer/Songwriter

StoryUp! Aerial Theater

5-7 PM
at Peace & Justice Plaza

Poetry Fox

4-6 PM
Custom poems just for you

Rock Balancing

4-8 PM
By Mara Gardner Art

Elise Alexander

Titled Open Secrets

Media |

Created by Elise Alexander

Imagine Circus

4-6 PM
Giant iridescent bubbles


Maria de Bruyn

Titled Bumble bee gathering pollen on St. John’s wort

Media | Photography

Created by Maria de Bruyn

Sharon Hardin

Titled Sunspots

Media | Watercolor

Created by Sharon Hardin

Jean Kaplan

Titled Crooked Creek

Media | Weaving

Created by Jean Kaplan

Living Arts Collective

4:30-7:30 PM

We’re excited to partner with the Living Arts Collective to offer a variety of music, movement and art experiences. There will be a participatory dance wave beginning at 5:30 PM, juggling by Tain, stilt walking by Whitney Reed, and live painting by Son of Simba.

Lilly Langer

Titled Red Roof Barn 

Media | Oil

Created by Lilly Langer

The Bird

4:30-7:30 pm
Roaming throughout the event

Paperhand Puppets

4:30-7:30 PM
Roaming throughout the event

Duncan Lewis

Titled Pig

Media | Cast Bronze

Created by Duncan Lewis

Wayne Marcelli

Titled Untitled (martyr)

Media | Oil on canvas

Created by Wayne Marcelli

Miriam Sagasti

Titled Beautiful Peonies

Media | Watercolor

Created by Miriam Sagasti

LGBTQIA+ Booklists

Explore Chapel Hill Public Library’s recommended reads to celebrate PRIDE month! Lists include titles and topics for all ages.

Farid Sani

Titled Shepherd

Media |

Created by Farid Sani

Elemental Landscapes at Southern Community Park

By Laura Haddad & Tom Drugan
Installed 2009

Located at Southern Community Park.

Using onsite natural materials, artists Haddad & Drugan created a series of landscape art installations called Elemental Landscapes. Made from salvaged boulders and trees, the installations reveal and surround different elements of earth, air, water, and flora. Installations include:
  • Water The boulder-ringed wetlands bowl
  • Air A circle of large rocks creating a community gathering place
  • Cairns Sets of stacked stones marking the park entrances
  • Stone markers Etched with references of historic and contemporary places of Chapel Hill

A Playlist For Pride

Compiled by local musicians, curators, and staff, Tracks Music Library is featuring a PRIDE playlist celebrating belonging, loving who you love, and giving visibility around the fight for equality.

Eric Serritella

Titled Unfurled

Media | Ceramic

Created by Eric Serritella

PRIDE Month Proclamation

In Carrboro & Chapel Hill, we want everyone to know we oppose homophobia and stand with the LGBTQ+ community. Chapel Hill’s Town Council proclaimed June at LGBTQ+ month. Our communities are proud to have adopted non-discrimination ordinances in the past year, and we call on all on all residents to be champions of inclusivity and equality for everyone.

Check out Twitter for a video of Carrboro raising the LGBTQ+ Pride flags you’ll see around Town this month!


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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Juneteenth Art Contest

The Office of Equity and Inclusion partnered with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP on an art contest where students throughout the district were asked to visualize freedom in any artistic way that they choose. We are proud of the 38 students who submitted their artwork this year! One winner from the elementary, middle, and high school categories received a $100 gift card. Additionally, one runner-up from each elementary, middle, and high school category received a $50 gift card. Thank you to everyone who participated, and a special thank you  to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP for sponsoring gift cards for the students.

Water’s Perfect Memory

By Max Dowdle
Installed 2020

Located in the meadow where the Lower Booker Creek Trail connects with East Franklin Street.


The water of Booker Creek runs day and night, trickling along with sunrise and sunset. While deer feed, raccoons scavenge, squirrels nibble, foxes sneak, coyotes hunt, birds watch from above, and humans enjoy their walks, the water continues to travel its well-worn cut in the earth, remembering all that occurs around it.

Tracks in the Stacks: A.yoni Jeffries

With her soulful, spiritual sound, A.yoni Jeffries takes listeners on a journey through the depths of emotions. With her unconfined range, the afro-indigenous singer/songwriter spans multiple genres adding her own soulful twist. As a talented songwriter, her music is driven by strong melody – featuring upbeat records and ballads that takes listeners to the most beautiful, yet forgotten places internally. Her vocal style stresses love and creativity and provides the listener permission to feel. Soulbounce notes that “A.yoni’s work intersects with her art as she creates accessible spaces, fosters community, and encourages people to hear, see, and feel themselves in her music.”

Tracks in the Stacks: Austin Royale

Austin Royale the rapper, producer, songwriter from Durham, North Carolina constantly recreates himself. As he continues experimenting with various musical styles, and blending genres. Currently he is prepping the upcoming release of his debut album, “PLAN | A”. Previously performing under the name A-10, at the age of 24 Austin has been an ongoing influence in the local music scene for almost a decade. He has performed all over North Carolina as well as nationally, collaborating and sharing stages with numerous national recording artists.

Tracks in the Stacks: XOXOK

Keenan Jenkins, XOXOK, began his musical career during his Ph.D. studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he played open mics and local showcases at venues such as Jack Sprat, Local 506, and The Station between long days on the third floor of the psychology building. XOXOK crafts atmospheric soul music that is conceived on the fretboard, cultivated at the microphone, and cradled in headphones. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung, but cohesive—see Jeff Buckley, Moses Sumney, and Anna Calvi, among others. His live performance is a model of intimacy and presence; armed with “sweet, ringing vocals” (Queen City Nerve), XOXOK delivers impassioned songs with unabashed conviction.

BIPOC Elected Officials Read the Juneteenth Proclamation

The BIPOC electeds from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough are proud to present the Juneteenth Resolution Reading.

Tre. Charles

6-8 PM

Tre. Charles is a singer-songwriter who dives into the depths of his soul to try to bring you into his world with an expressive blend of warm and soulful undertones.

I Raised My Hand To Volunteer

Photo by Jim Wallace
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter in front of Moe’s Southwest Grill on Franklin Street.

I Raised My Hand To Volunteer features a quote from Karen Parker, the first African American woman to graduate from UNC- Chapel Hill.

“On Saturday, the 14th, I decided to go to jail. It was not fun at all.” This was in December 1963 during a time when hundreds of people were arrested for protests and when those protests occasionally turned violent.

We Were Troublemakers

Photo by Jim Wallace
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter in front of The Graduate Hotel on Franklin Street.

We Were Troublemakers features a quote from Harold Foster, a leader in the Chapel Hill Civil Rights movement.

“We were troublemakers. We questioned authority and challenged it head on.”

Old Well

By Rachel Herrick
Installed March 2017

Located at the intersection of Cameron Avenue and Wilson Street. This crosswalk depicts one of the most iconic symbols of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Old Well.  Herrick chose to portray the Old Well because of its importance to the history of the school and surrounding area.

A Mouthful of Sand

Photo by Jim Wallace
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at the Rosemary St. & Columbia St. Parking Lot.

A Mouthful of Sand features a quote from Harold Foster, a leader in the Chapel Hill Civil Rights movement.

“Man, this town is hard to crack. It’s called a liberal place, but that’s a mirage man. When you go to get water, you just get a mouthful of sand.”
Quote from Harold Foster, from John Ehle’s book, The Free Men.

A Tapestry of Rogers Road

By Kiara Sanders
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter on Rogers Road


The four figures on the left are Sam Rogers and his grandsons, who were part of the establishing of Rogers Road and the family who lived there. There is also a woman and child in the middle frame, they were unnamed but part of the Walker family who also had connection to Rogers Road. Then there is Robert Cambell who is on the right and a young girl holding a protest sign regarding environmental justice with the landfill. The background is the Faith Tabernacle church. I intended to superimpose a map of Rogers Rd and lower the opacity in the background.

The idea is the unification of the ancestors to the present day, and the connection of memories to history. Also, an acknowledgement of how a historic Black neighborhood dealt with trauma from the poisoned groundwater.

Orgullo Latino/LatinX Pride

By Georges Le Chevallier


As a Latinx Artist, I believe that is extremely important to represent Latinx people in a positive image. Even though the majority of Latinx immigrants are extremely honest and hard-working people, that is not how they are seen by many people. Being born from a Puerto Rican Mother and having lived most of my childhood in Puerto Rico, I can personally understand the great pride we have towards the many Hispanic people making a constructive impact on our society. Today thousands of Hispanics now call the Traingle their home.
Celebrating the great moment that Hispanic culture is having here in North Carolina, I am proposing to create the “Orgullo Latino / Latinx Pride” Bus for Chapel Hill Transit.

In “Orgullo Latino / Latinx Pride” Bus I juxtapose visual patterns of colors with Spanish words that characterize Latinx people living at the beginning of this new millennium. Nothing divides people more than language, so my aim is to bring people together by showing them Spanish and English words coexisting together.The “Orgullo Latino / Latinx Pride” Bus also pays tribute to the many colorful buses in Latin America, from Chiva Buses in the Andean region of South America to the famous “Chicken Buses” in Central American countries like Guatemala.


By J Massullo
Installed 2020

Located on the Bolin Creek Greenway tunnel that passes underneath M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.

Inspired by traditional graffiti spray paint techniques, artist J Massullo incorporated elements from the natural world including stylized insects, animals, flora, and fauna.

In 2021, we commissioned J Massullo to work with Chapel Hill High School students to paint the OWASA pipes near the Florifauns mural. The result was a collaborative creative experience.

Tanyard Branch Bridge

By Leo Gaev
Installed 2018

Located on the Tanyard Branch Trail.

In 2018, metalsmith Leo Gaev was commissioned to create art for the bridge on the Tanyard Branch Trail connecting Umstead Park to the Northside neighborhood. Lining the bridge are 43 steel silhouettes inspired by folks going about their daily lives.

Rise Above Racial Injustices

By Debi Drew and NAACP Youth Council members  Kennedy Lytle, Sol Ramirez, and Anthony Swann

This project was made possible through partnership with Orange County Arts Commission and and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Working with NAACP youth for a bus wrap design against racial injustice was a wonderful opportunity.   The timing was ideal for these youth to have their voices heard as they witnessed in the media (and maybe in person) the constant reminders of negative racist views and acts of hatred against black people and other people of color which filled media reports across the nation.  My goal was to provide a comfortable  space for them to be heard and be motivated to create visual art productions  inspired by our discussions in these sessions. Self Concept, Racist Viewpoints and Unity in Diversity were the themes in our workshops and a work of art created by each of the youth is displayed on their apparel of their images on the bus. Important and meaningful statements they communicated encircle their images, as well.  The design that fills the background of the bus is symbolic of an African mud cloth design.  The diversity of the artwork and size of the youth images of the youth artists, Kennedy Lytle, Sol Ramirez and Anthony Swann help spotlight their young voices and I am so proud that they contributed such sound advice against racial injustice.

Freedom Fighters Gateway

Installed 2017

Located at the corner of W. Rosemary St. and Roberson St.

The Freedom Fighters Gateway shares a glimpse into the Civil Rights movement with photos and oral histories, marking the entrance to the Northside Neighborhood. Built of Chatham stone and features eight black, granite slabs.

Chapel Hill Nine Historical Marker

By Stephen Hayes
Installed in 2020

Located at 452 W Franklin St.

After community engagement and a series of design workshops, the marker was envisioned as a fusion of public art and historical monument. Designed by Durham artist Stephen Hayes, with project management by Alicia Hylton-Daniel, it features documentary photography from the era, the names and ages of the Chapel Hill Nine, and a base that evokes the rock walls of the Northside neighborhood where this and many other demonstrations and actions were planned.


By Mary Carter Taub
Installed March 2017

Located at the intersection of East Rosemary and Henderson.  The lines are intended to replicate UPC barcodes with pedestrians “scanning” the UPC barcode as they walk across mimicking a real-life barcode.  The UPC barcode has local roots in the surrounding Triangle — it was invented in the 1970’s by IBM in Raleigh’s Research Triangle Park.

Santa Rooftop Rescue


December 20 | 5:30-7:30 PM
140 West Plaza on the corner of Church and Franklin Street

We’ve heard that Santa might find himself in a tricky situation in downtown Chapel Hill this December – and you’re invited to see how he makes out! Join us at the 140 West Plaza for holiday music, hot cocoa, and treats – and keep your eyes peeled for Santa on a nearby rooftop. We’ll call in the Chapel Hill Fire Department’s brave firefighters to rescue Santa and bring him safely down to earth. Stick around after the rescue while Santa and the firefighters greet children and hand out candy canes. Hot beverages and treats available for purchase from Tenco Coffee truck.

More information available here. 


By Lope Max Diaz
Installed March 2017

Located across from Shortbread Lofts on West Rosemary Street. His design incorporates minimalist geometric patterns with colors and symbols of Chapel Hill and the University. If you look closely, the design abstractly spells out “walk.”

Merritt’s Pasture Bike Racks

By Al Frega
Installed 2011

Located at  Merritt’s Pasture.

Created in 2011 by artist Al Frega, the racks are made from recycled brake drums from Chapel Hill Transit buses.


By Amy Hoppe
Installation currently being installed January 2020

Located at the intersection of Rosemary St. & Church St, this is the newest of the four projects. Hoppe’s design references a historical element in Chapel Hill’s architecture — brick sidewalks and buildings throughout downtown and campus.

Magnolia Exotica

By Carl Regutti

Located at Homestead Park.

Inspired by the many colors of a peacock, Magnolia Exotica is made of an innovative type of stainless steel that produces different hues in the light.

About the Host | Rowdy

Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey is a National Recording Artist, Writer, Actor, and Educator based in the North Carolina Triangle Area. Rowdy has been featured on BET, NPR, PBS Kids, and has given a TEDX talk on the importance of Hip Hop Culture. Rowsey is a U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador through the U.S. Department of State and the Next Level Hip Hop Program. On stage Rowsey is part of the national collective No9to5 Music, and plays with a live Jazz Band (J) Rowdy & The Night Shift which was nominated for a 2017 Carolina Music Award. They’ve been able to share the stage with the likes of Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Ari Lennox, Childish Major, Snow Tha Product, Murs, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and a plethora of other national recording acts. Currently Rowdy is the founder of two triangle area cyphers – The UNC Cypher (UNC-CH) and the Med City Cypher (Downtown Durham). He also holds the position of Program Director at the Downtown Durham – Afrofuturist Teen Center Blackspace. Through UNC Greensboro’s Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Rowsey continues his mission to spread southern hip hop at a national and international level through performance, writing and educational workshops inspiring the culture through the craft.

Support Rowdy on Tracks Music Library

Hard Drive

Hard Drive is a hard-driving aural modern traditional old time authentic millennial bluegrass collective made up of Tatiana Hargreaves, Aaron Tacke, Sonya Badigian, and Nokosee Fields. From brother duets to raging fiddle tunes, Hard Drive brings a sense of deep intuition and silliness to the world that encompasses old-time, country, and bluegrass. The Bluegrass Situation describes the band as “a delightful subversion of our expectations of what traditional bluegrass is supposed to be.” Hard Drive serves up a “high-octane bluegrass-old-time style, delivered with deep intuitive insight, manic exploratory zeal and seriously powerhouse instrumental (and vocal) chops but also, importantly, with an abundant and overwhelming sense of fun.” [Folk Radio UK]. They float gently around a Bermuda-Triangle-type spacetime warp in central North Carolina, and they are constantly expanding at the approximate pace of the universe.

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Have A Really Good Day

By Jermaine Powell 
Installed 2020

Located at the bus shelter at Shadowood Apartments on M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.

In Have A Really Good Day, Powell hopes to remind people to enjoy the ride and make friends along the way. “I think my paintings are a beautiful example of where I live and the people who make my life worth living.” -JP

Honey Magpie

Honey Magpie is an indie-folk band from Chapel Hill, NC whose sound is both traditional and modern, blending classical string instruments and three part harmonies with pop, rock, and indie influences.

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Distant Futures

By Charles Chace
Uninstalled 2021

“In this work I’m attempting to create a digital image with a series of analog procedures. Starting by cutting sheets of paper into small triangles. The triangles are then unidirectionally stacked creating a three dimensional surface that allows an interplay of light and shadows. I’m less concerned with developing shapes or predetermined images than I am with developing random and intuitive patterns. These patterns create a digital landscape that approaches an image similar to scrambled television.”


Heat Preacher

These Chapel Hill, NC natives, influenced and inspired by their town’s storied musical history, fuse elements that made the artists and bands before them stand out then build upon the formulae. The result is a seamless blending of pop, rock, folk, and soul music, which creates a new and exciting experience for the listener.

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About CJ Suitt

CJ Suitt (he/him/they/them) is a performance poet, arts educator, and community organizer from Chapel Hill, N.C., whose work is rooted in storytelling and social justice.

CJ co-directed, produced, and starred in a historical reenactment of the 1947 Freedom Rides, performed at many national and local music festivals, including Gnarnia, Shakori Hills and Bonnaroo, and acted in a production of Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments.

His career as an educator has allowed him to work with young people awaiting trial at the Durham Youth Home, older inmates whose voices have been silenced within the Orange County Correctional Facility, and high school and college-aged men pushing to redefine masculinity in their schools and communities. Additionally, he has collaborated with organizations such as Transplanting Traditions, Benevolence Farm, and Growing Change on the intersection of storytelling and food justice.

CJ most recently was appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Chapel Hill. He is committed to speaking truth to power and aims to be a bridge for communities who can’t always see themselves in each other.

The Re/Collecting Chapel Hill podcast features CJ on a new occasional series episode, Voices. Listen to the full episode here.

Jack The Radio

Raleigh, North Carolina roots-rockers Jack the Radio blend rock and blues sensibility with Americana, folk, and country to create a tapestry of swampy southern-tinged sounds on their latest album release, Creatures. All of the songs on the album were written by singer George Hage with a common thread that weaves its way through telling us to stand strong as we ride out the highs and lows of what life throws at us. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, George Thorogood, Cold War Kids, Rayland Baxter, and American Aquarium to name a few. Their music can be heard in countless commercial, film, and TV projects including Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, as well as in sports programming for NASCAR, NFL, PGA among others.

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Tracks In The Stacks Booklist

Interested in the book titles on the set? Chapel Hill Public Library has curated a custom booklist on Black musicians, performers, comics, and more.


Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey is a National Recording Artist, Writer, Actor, and Educator based in the North Carolina Triangle Area. Rowdy has been featured on BET, NPR, PBS Kids, and has given a TEDX talk on the importance of Hip Hop Culture. Rowsey is a U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador through the U.S. Department of State and the Next Level Hip Hop Program. On stage Rowsey is part of the national collective No9to5 Music, and plays with a live Jazz Band (J) Rowdy & The Night Shift which was nominated for a 2017 Carolina Music Award. They’ve been able to share the stage with the likes of Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Ari Lennox, Childish Major, Snow Tha Product, Murs, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and a plethora of other national recording acts. Currently Rowdy is the founder of two triangle area cyphers – The UNC Cypher (UNC-CH) and the Med City Cypher (Downtown Durham). He also holds the position of Program Director at the Downtown Durham – Afrofuturist Teen Center Blackspace. Through UNC Greensboro’s Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Rowsey continues his mission to spread southern hip hop at a national and international level through performance, writing and educational workshops inspiring the culture through the craft.

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New Voices

By Victoria Primicias
Installed 2021

Located at Peace & Justice Plaza.


“My design is a graphic montage using familiar, contemporaneous motifs of peace and justice. I incorporated local elements such as the Chapel Hill postmark – a nod to the old post office building – and dogwood, the state flower. A bright color palette energizes the Peace & Justice Plaza and reinforces the Chapel Hill brand by complementing the Town seal. The intent of my design is to provide a welcoming space for those who enter the Plaza and to lift their spirits while enjoying the venue.”


Kevin “Kaze” Thomas has been a part of the Chapel Hill and North Carolina music scene for almost 20 years.

As a hip-hop artist he has been signed to major labels Universal/Motown and Rawkus Records, as well as having his own label, Soul Dojo, independently distributed by Brick Records in Boston. His debut album, “Spirit of 94” produced entirely by producer legend 9th Wonder is considered a classic amongst the hip-hop community, and is known for being one of the founding fathers of the North Carolina hip-hop scene. He was touted one of the “8 Great Acts” of our area by David Menconi in 2005, and is currently the co-owner of VibeHouse 405.

Kaze is invested in our community scene and is committed to helping the next generation of artists from our area succeed.

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Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad

Katharine Whalen formed JazzSquad many years ago to, frankly, provide herself with a crash course in HOW TO SING JAZZ! Her first ever band Squirrel Nut Zippers took off so quickly that she felt unprepared and quite uneducated. A member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band whom she was touring with at the time, instructed her to go home and learn thirty jazz standards. She was lucky enough to know Griffanzo and his hip piano playing became the basis for the sound of the band. Danny Grewen, Austin Riopel, and Danny Abrahms are the other member of the squad, performing on trombone, guitar, and baritone.

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Dreamroot is a band/musical collective from Durham, NC. Dreamroot released their debut album Phases in May 2020, hoping to put out positive energy during a dark time. The band consists of Theous Jones (drums), Serena Wiley (saxophone/flute/spoken word/vocals), Ittai Korman (acoustic and electric bass), Lynn Grissett (trumpet) and Joe MacPhail (piano and keyboards).

The album, Phases, was collectively composed and arranged by the members of Dreamroot. The performance style combines pre-written and improvised sections, creating what Indy Week calls “One of the distinctive strains of the Durham jazz scene, melding R&B forms with modern jazz solos that all fit nicely into the length of a longish pop song.”

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By Gabriela Amaya-Baron
Installed 2020

Located at the bus shelter at the Harris Teeter in Meadowmont.

Connected uses network imagery and street map patterns to symbolize ways that humans connect, whether to place, to information and data, to history and culture, or to each other.


By L Jámal Walton
Installed 2020

Located at the bus shelter at Brookside Condos on Hillsborough Street.

Pillar features the Greek Goddess Athena, who is on the Town of Chapel Hill seal. According to history, the Town leaders chose her to symbolize Chapel Hill as she represents civilization, knowledge, reasoning, logic, and wisdom. For this project, Athena is illustrated in a comic book style sharing her stories while watching over the “Southern Part of Heaven” that embraces the shape and colors of the Chapel Hill flag.




By Renzo Oretega
Installed 2021

Located at TOPO Distillery.


“Successions” mural is about the different cycles and transitions that families go through over the years. They are experiencing departures, absences, breaks, and reconciliations that are part of the family bond dynamics. This artwork tribute the relatives who left and did not return and the hope of a reunion.

Birds of Different Feathers

By Victoria Primicias
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at Eastgate Shopping Center.

“Birds of different feathers flock together on electric wires and light poles. It is a metaphor for inclusion, community, acceptance and diversity. The birds depicted include a cardinal, blue jay, mockingbird, woodpecker and goldfinch. All are common backyard birds found throughout the year in North Carolina. Other North Carolina references include a dogwood tree peeking out from the bottom left, and prominence given to the cardinal, the state bird.”


By Luis Franco
Installed 2021

Located at 501 W Franklin Street.


The art displays a woman wearing a face mask, with a message. This message is the word “Hope” to inspire everyone who is persevering through this pandemic. Right now we can use some hope as the world has experienced loss and quarantine.

Chill Chapel Hill

By Ian Wenstrand
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at MLK Jr. Blvd at Chapel View


“My goal for this artwork is to create a scene combining all of Chapel Hill’s unique landmarks and buildings. Places such as Morehead Planetarium, Franklin Street, and the Varsity Theater appear together in one street corner representing Chapel Hill. Lastly, I wanted to show people getting out of the house and enjoying the town with each other, something we all haven’t been able to do in the past year.”

Ian Wenstrand is an artist & illustrator located in the Raleigh area. He creates obsessively detailed, colorful, fine line illustrations. Ian’s work blends modern cities with sci-fi, video games, and other fun graphical elements to create an imagined version of a place.

Have a Great Day

By Jermaine Powell 
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at Shadowood Apartments on M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.

This shelter pairs with Have a Really Good Day. 


“I simply wanted to bring honor to the diversity of people who ride the bus. My goal was also to make both the bus riders and the bus drivers feel appreciated throughout their day. I really got a unique opportunity to engage with my local community while working on this project in realtime. They gave me honest and encouraging feedback along the way. They are the ones that make creating public art so enjoyable.”

We, Too, Sing America

By Antonio Alanis
Installed 2021

Located at 161 E Franklin Street.


The piece titled “We, Too, Sing America” pays homage to Langston Hughes’ poem “I, too.” I dedicate this piece to all the essential workers and people of color who continue to keep the United States afloat before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Plants are Resilient

By Antonio Alanis
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at Fire Station #3.

Antonio created this piece titled “Plants are Resilient,” a plant-themed bus shelter vinyl piece. He placed multiple-color leaves that people can enjoy as they wait for the bus and go on their day. This particular piece will invite the people waiting for the bus to take a moment to meditate, to turn to nature to uplift their spirits, and offer a space for healing and reflection. The different leaves symbolize Antonio’s commitment to fighting for diversity and inviting audience members to think critically about recognizing everyone’s humane interconnectedness regardless of race and ethnicity.

Random Joys

By Ms. TT & RedApple School students
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at Abernethy Hall on UNC Campus.  This shelter was made possible through a partnership with RedApple.

Made by RedApple students ages 5-9, guided and edited by the art teacher Ms. TT, and inspired by New York artist Keith Haring. Because social distancing must be kept, none of the lines in the pictures touch, besides the doctors and nurses working together to save lives. And because masks have to be on faces to protect our mouths and noses, everyone (person or animal) in our pictures have a mask. 

Cathylee Mahin

Titled At The Disco

Media | Watercolor

Created by Cathylee Mahin

#BuyBlackCHC Scavenger Hunt

June 14 – 20

Hosted by Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP

Support Black-owned businesses, learn Black history, and win prizes in the #BuyBlackCHC Virtual Scavenger Hunt! Activities will include in-person, curbside/pickup, and virtual options.

Participants can join the game by following these simple steps:

  1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
  2. Register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
  3. Search for and select the Juneteenth BoB Scavenger Hunt game, or search by game code VJ9WKX, password is #buyblackchc.
  4. Follow the prompts to select or create your player profile.

Thanks to co-sponsors EmPOWERment and the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill – Carrboro, top point earners will win prizes from local businesses! Follow @chcnaacp_econ and hashtag #BuyBlackCHC for tips, teasers, and bonus points!


Elizabeth Cotten Mural

By Scott Nurkin
Installed 2020

Located on the 111 N. Merritt Mill Road on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro line.

As part of the North Carolina Musicians Mural Project, the Elizabeth Cotten mural honors the local blues legend and her lasting impact on the community. Ms. Cotten is renowned for her distinctive musical style, created by playing left-handed on a right-handed guitar. Many of her songs reference her early life in North Carolina, including her most iconic song, “Freight Train.” This mural is a collaboration between the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
Chapel Hill Public Library staff tell Elizabeth Cotten’s story on Episode 8 of the Re/Collecting Chapel Hill podcast.

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Oasis in the Middle of a Storm

By Kiara Sanders
Installed 2021

Located at Four Corners Grille.


This artwork is based off of a real life scene that I caught in downtown Durham. It was November 7th, and the election results had everyone anxious. It was then announced who the projected winner was, and everyone flooded the streets. The pandemic had been an entirely joyless experience, from unrest to protests, but to see dancing people, waving arms out cars, and to remember what hoped looked like will always live in my memory.

What Just Happened?

By Ron Liberti
Installed 2018

Located at the bus shelter on Southern Village Park & Ride Lot.

Ron Liberti’s What Just Happened? features altered stills from the final scene of the 1967 The Graduate where a bride runs out of her own wedding and hops on a city bus another suitor.

Chapel Hill Monuments

By Tarish Pipkins
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Stateside Dr.

Tarish Pipkins’ recently updated this bus shelter. Chapel Hill Monuments portrays in bright acrylic hues well-known UNC-Chapel Hill landmarks like The Bell tower and The Old Well.

Who We Are

By Chloe Strauss
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at Franklin Woods Apartments.

Strauss’ art is inspired by diversity and helping others “to see aspects of themselves shown as beautiful and important.”


By Sarahlaine Calva
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at Airport Gardens.

Using a signature style and vibrant color palette, Calva weaves in raindrops and flowers to depict how one must face trials and obstacles in order to grow and bloom. Growth is a beautiful thing that requires effort and patience.

“I believe it would be a nice touch to the city while also serving as a reminder to persevere.” – Sarahlaine Calva

We’re Here

By John DeKemper
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at South Columbia St.

We’re Here uses bright acrylic paint and glitter to recreate a traditional rainbow Pride flag. Glitter has a conceptual and material tie historically to the LGBT community. DeKemper encourages accessibility to pedestrians and commuters.

Star Crossed Lovers

By Britt Flood
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at University Place.

Star Crossed Lovers is a continuous line piece that depicts two figures connected by line and color, symbolizing connection and fate.


By L Jamal Walton
Installed 2021

Located at the former Blue Spoon Creamery


As penance for their last caper, Captain Evil and Diabla used their community service hours to create a short PSA about love and hope. Find out more at



Kindness Matters

By Helen Seebold
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at Caldwell St by Northside Elementary.

In Kindness Matters, Seebold explores how we can make a difference in our community by stopping and taking a moment to be kind. She hopes the mural can help people shift their perspective and invite the viewer to become part of a movement to enlighten our minds and open our hearts.

The Ooom Pah Band

By Joel Sobelson
Installed 2019

Located at the bus shelter at Glen Lennox Shopping Center.

“To bring a smile to both young and old how about a circus-like sense of fun, color and enjoyment. I don’t know about you but If you look closely you can actually hear the fun um-pa-pa of the band. ” – Joel Sobelson on The Ooom Pah Band

Shakti – The Power Within

By Sampada Agarwal
Installed 2020

Located at Que Chula Tacos

Sampada wrote a wonderful blog sharing her intention behind the piece. Read the full story here.

African American Trailblazers

By Kiara Sanders
Installed 2021

Located at 111 S. Merritt Mill Road


“The composition that I had in mind was strongly influenced by the artworks of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas. His figures often had auras that seemed to radiate from them, giving them a powerful presence that I feel would be fitting for the trail-blazing African-American people this mural is dedicated to.”

Ms. Cotten

By Kiara Sanders
Installed 2020

Located at the bus shelter at Ephesus Church Road at Hamlin Park.

Artist Kiara Sanders depicted local blues legend Elizabeth Cotten in her painting. Elizabeth Cotten was born in what is now Carrboro and is renowned for her unique guitar playing style.


Kaze4letters is a Durham based Rap artist who has experience in many aspects of the music industry. Kaze was a founding member of UNC student organization Hip-Hop Nation, which promoted local MCs, DJs, poets, and graffiti artists. He is now co-owner of Vibehouse 405 a recording studio and creative space, dedicated to the creation and expression of music, art, media and culture. He is also the director of arts and culture for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. He has collaborated with many local organizations and musicians coordinating the Save the Music series which strives to support the local artist community, bring attention to local talent and bring people out to enjoy what’s going on downtown. His latest album ‘A Thousand Shades of Black’ touches on his journeys with creativity, identity and the diversity of Blackness in all forms.

Souls of Joy

Souls of Joy sings current and old school gospel music that will uplift, inspire, and bring joy to the souls of our community.

Welcome Furriends

By Julienne Alexander

SunQueen Kelcey

SunQueen Kelcey has two things at the center of her music: body positivity and radical self love. Her musical style is a genre-bending collage of hip-hop, soul, rock, and contemporary R&B, call it soul-rock. She delivers an energetic and passionate performance complete with her live band The Soular Flares. Kelcey grew up in a small North Carolina town called Southern Pines, absorbing a broad range of music from Mary J Blige, Nina Simone, and Jill Scott to Queen and Rage Against the Machine. She has overcome a series of obstacles to get to where she is now, rising above loss and personal setbacks to find her own voice and pursue her artistic dreams. Her commitment to empowerment is what helped Kelcey sign a record deal with indie label, Smart Mouth Records LLC based in Durham, NC. Her new album, “See Attached” explores her interpretation of heartbreak, toxic relationships and mental health.

Lydia Salett Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz and gospel pianist and singer living in the Raleigh-Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist church in Cleveland Ohio which was instrumental in providing experience in playing for various groups of children and adults. Her nonprofit organization The Salett Art Center, Inc. is geared to serve at-risk youth by provide music education that empowers each individual to express their own voice.  She currently sits on board of The Heart of Carolina Jazz organization. She often performs with her band Jazz Xpressions, which consists of music educators and performers.  Her 2020 single  ‘Whatcha Gonna Say’ addresses racism, political issues and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Pride and Power

By Charlie Dupee
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at Adelaide Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


“This diptych is an expression of LGBTQ+ pride in Chapel Hill, beyond the month of June. The blue panel on the left reimagines Athena, the goddess on Chapel Hill’s seal, as a genderqueer deity. And the pink panel on the right is in solidarity with our Black Trans community.”


By Sampada Agarwal
Installed 2021

Located at the bus shelter at Airport Gardens Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


“This artwork is quite close to my heart, where I highlight the various facets of womanhood. We come in all shapes and sizes and colors – each one to be celebrated; encouraging all towards forging a gender equal world and building inclusive workplaces so that women thrive! It is rightly said – “Empowered women empower women”. It is quite serendipitous that the style of the art I have used, called Mithila art, is a folk art from the state of Bihar in India and has been practiced primarily by women and passed down generations from mothers to daughters. Its hallmark is colorful, busy, yet esthetically pleasing compositions.”

Booklist: Juneteenth For Kids

Explore a book list from Chapel Hill Public Library staff! Learn more about the history of Juneteenth through books in the CHPL collection

A Space for All of Us

By Peri Law
Installed 2021

Located at Lula’s


“This piece is about creating a space that celebrates Asian American existence. It acts as an altar for the community, inspired by Chinese traditions with oranges symbolizing good fortune, a chrysanthemum to represent longevity, and plum blossoms as a sign of perseverance and hope.”

Storytime With Ms. Frances

Ms. Frances from Chapel Hill Public Library will read a couple of stories to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth.


By Wendy Spitzer, 2018
Uninstalled 2020

Formerly located at the bus shelter at  Ridge Road

Wendy Spitzer is known for her altered vintage postcards piecing together unusual images and historical photographs of iconic Chapel Hill landmarks.


Mikyoung Kim, an environmental artist, designer, and sculptor, created a phenomenon that attracts crowds of people. The Exhale sculpture is an event-based experience that considers the scarcity of water in the region. The mist is a welcome refreshment for passersby and people who want to linger in the square.


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Arts and culture are for the many, not the few. We embrace diversity and advance equity within our community and the world.

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