Downtown Kinston Mural Program
The City of Kinston received funding from the NEA Our Town program to support the creation of a Downtown Kinston Mural Program in which the City will commission seven original outdoor public murals, to be completed by December 2020. The mural locations will be scattered throughout downtown, with the aim of enhancing connectivity between cultural and economic assets in Kinston’s city center. The creation of the murals will coincide with a City-led $3.2 million downtown streetscape improvement project (to include new street trees, sidewalks, crosswalks, parking street lights, and traffic patterns).
We're almost done!
The Mural Program's last mural is being created by Choci Gray, a local artist and muralist, honoring the life and accomplishments of Alice Hannibal and her husband Dr. Greg Hannibal. Alice Hannibal was the first African American and woman elected to the Kinston City Council and advocated for youth/adult equal education. The mural will be at 524 South Queen St, the Golden Progress Community Center--we'll update when Choci is ready to begin her mural!
Looking for mural photos or recordings of Artist Talks?
Go to our "Artists" page, scroll to the artist/mural you're interested in, and see photos of the mural, contacts for the artist, and a recording of their Virtual Artist Talk!
- Jared Bader https://jbaderarts.com/
- Jamil Burton https://www.jamilburtonart.com/
- Broderick Flanigan https://athensmade.com/broderick-flanagan ; https://www.instagram.com/flanigans_portrait_studio/
- D. Choci Gray https://www.smartkinston.com/artist-profiles Facebook: LC Heritage
- Maxx Moses https://posetwo.com/ IG:@maxxmoses777
- Maximillian Mozingo https://www.palmariusart.com/
- Seraphim Smith https://seraphimsmith.com/
- Timothy Robert Smith http://timothyrobertsmith.com/
A full presentation of the artists and their prior work is available on our Artists page.
- Geraldyne Barbour
- Courtney Boyette
- Prishonda Daniels
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- Tyndall Davis
- Kyaira Harper
- Stephen Hill
- William Hudson @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- Rita Joyner
- Robert Koonce
- Lessette Kornegay
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- James Mumford
- Felicia Solomon (Council Member)
- Kristal Suggs (Council Member)
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Here are the goals for the program, adopted by the Selection Committee in October 2019:
- To use creative placemaking efforts as a way to promote dialogue around social justice issues and community concerns, and to bring together our diverse citizenry through community-based, grassroots collaboration.
- To reveal the vibrancy of Kinston through the cultural experiences that promote the history, arts, sports, and regional authenticity that make this city special.
- To revitalize downtown as a cultural and shopping experience for both residents and tourists.
- To provide economic opportunities for local and regional artists, establishing Kinston as a place for creative people to live, work, and sell their wares.
- To inspire, motivate, and instill pride in Kinstonians by creating an accessible outdoor gallery of beautiful and thought-provoking public art that reflects the unique character of our community.
The original timeline has been shifted due to COVID-19. The Mural Program is moving forward through virtual meetings and according to local, state, and federal recommendations for public health and social distancing.
December 3, 2019:
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) opens.
January 20, 2020:
RFQ closes. All applications must be submitted (electronically, by mail, or in person) by 5 PM EST on this date.
Shortlist created and additional materials (such as budget/fee examples) requested. Interviews via Skype or in person (if local/regional) may take place.
Artists selected and notified. Artists matched with walls.
Artists work with City staff and Selection Committee to refine and finalize project concepts, budgets, and fee.
Contracts established with artists.
August to December 31st 2020:
Mural projects commence.
December 31st 2020:
Mural projects must be complete.
The City of Kinston reserves the right to change the project timeline.
Artist Selection – RFQ closed on January 20, 2020
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released in December 2019 and closed on January 20th, 2020. The Selection Committee received 175 submissions and is currently reviewing those submissions. This is a qualifications-based selection process; artists will develop concepts after they are selected based on their past experience, artistry, alignment with the program’s goals, and demonstrated interest. The City, with recommendations from the Selection Committee, expects to select up to ten artists for up to ten murals.
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