Public Spaces Art Series

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Public Spaces is a long-standing indoor exhibition series bringing art to public spaces around Chapel Hill. This series speaks directly to our values of inclusion and experience by intentionally selecting artists and media and also greeting people in their daily life with art in unexpected places.

View the art on display on the lower level of Chapel Hill Public Library and at Chapel Hill Town Hall. The exhibits rotate every two months.

Makala Aayana

Chapel Hill Public Library | Mid-February – Mid-April 2024


Makala Aayana is a Caribbean-American, mixed-media artist from Atlanta, Georgia, now rooted in Durham, North Carolina. Her creative journey centers on promoting well-being and sustainability through art, fostering connections, exploring identities, and sparking conversations. Her work celebrates curiosity and contemplation, it is a reflection of how and what she sees around her. With the pieces in this show, she hopes that viewers are called to question and explore their life experiences and their stories, just as she has when creating each piece.

Makala is also a host and curator for A Concept: You (ACY), a podcast and community that focuses on encouraging people to be the best version of themselves. Through ACY, Makala highlights holistic wellness, uniting generations through shared wisdom and experiences, and encouraging an understanding of who you are and how you want to show up in the world.

BLAC: Work Inspired by Gordon Parks

Chapel Hill Town Hall | February – March 2024


Gordon Parks is an American icon whose photographs captured the lives of both those seen in the limelight and those who were often overlooked and unseen. Sharing a well-rounded view of his people in black communities was close to his heart. He said, “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs.” Though drawn to exposing social concerns in his vast body of photographs, he also worked in the fashion industry, film, writing, visual art and more. In BLAC: Work Inspired by Gordon Parks, we have included a sampling of art reminiscent of his dynamic art throughout his long and gifted career.

BLAC stands for Black League of Art Creatives, and the show exhibits work by Ashley Armstrong, Kevin Bell, and Debi Drew. It was curated by Debi Drew.