Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture is calling on local artists to apply to create artwork celebrating the LGBTQ+ community which will be displayed at the 140 W. Franklin St Plaza.
The deadline to submit an application is April 10 at 5 p.m.
“Our goal is to have the artwork installed by June, in time for Pride Month, and we envision having it on the plaza for about a month or so,” said Steve Wright, the public art coordinator at Community Arts & Culture.
Possible artwork could include a sculpture, imagery or projection, but Wright said other creative options are also welcome.
The art installation will be on display throughout Pride Month in June as the Town of Chapel Hill commemorates Small Town Pride — Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
Among other events, Small Town Pride includes the Chapel Hill Pride Promenade, a march to honor the LGBTQ+ community.
This year, the march will be held on June 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will begin at the Peace and Justice Plaza and end at the 140 W. Franklin St. Plaza, where a social gathering with music and activities will be held.
“It was a very good event, very well-attended, and we’re very proud of it,” Stephanie Cobert, the director of marketing at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, said about last year's event. "We can't wait to see the crowds that gather this year."
Melissa Bartoletta, the marketing and communications coordinator for the Town, said this public art initiative was inspired by the Chapel Hill Pride Promenade.