Downtown Durham Inc

Downtown Durham, Inc. Calls for Applicants for Downtown Durham Public Space Project


Durham, N.C. – Downtown Durham, Inc. is calling for applicants for the Downtown Durham Public Space Project. This pilot program provides funding to individuals and organizations that will bring temporary, creative, free of charge experiences to downtown Durham. Applications are due June 1, 2018.

Projects will occur or launch during Durham’s Third Friday events which are held the third Friday of every month starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. Depending on the proposed work, projects may last up to one month in duration.

Downtown Durham Public Space Project is an activation project focused on retaining and supporting the creative and artistic cultures of Durham and upholding public spaces of convergence. Collaborative, thought-provoking and unifying rather than divisive work is encouraged as well as intrepidity and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

“This is a very open call,” said DDI CEO/President Nicole J. Thompson. “We want to encourage creativity of all kinds. That could include installation artists, chefs, documentarians, performance artists, musicians, market organizers, poets, entrepreneurs and more. Durham is rich in ideas, culture and community, and public spaces are our shared stage for interaction and conversation.”

Eligible project sites include: Alley 24, Alley 25/26, Holland Street Alley, Five Points Plaza and CCB Plaza. Other sites downtown may be proposed. DDI will fund 75% of project budgets up to $2,000. Applicants’ 25% contribution may be cash or in-kind contributions of time or materials. Eligible costs include fees for the creator/artist, installation and teardown, and all costs related to the production and execution of the project. Entry must be free of charge, but vending may occur.

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For 25 years, Downtown Durham, Inc. has been the economic development engine for downtown Durham, NC. With more than $1.7 billion in investment since 2000, downtown Durham is home to more than 60 retail stores, 100 restaurants and bars, and 1,700 residential units – all in an area just under one square mile. As the entity responsible for the business improvement district, DDI provides resources to keep downtown Durham clean and safe, and to attract visitors and residents to downtown businesses, venues and events. For more information, visit


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