Pauli Murray Murals – part of the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life Project
Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life, a collaborative public art project in Durham, North Carolina, engaged more than 1,500 people in a series of events hosted between 2007 and 2009 that fostered new connections and dialogue, expanded awareness of local history, and resulted in the creation of fourteen permanent public murals. The project was led by artist
who has more than 20 years of experience with collaborative community-based artmaking.
The murals are now installed on the exterior walls of businesses, schools, and other publicly accessible places in downtown and Southwest Central Durham, and reflect the creative involvement of toddlers, elementary school children, middle and high school students, college students, professors, neighborhood residents, and elders—wealthy and working class; African American, Latino, Anglo, and Asian. The project opened artistic and documentary processes to many groups and individuals whose paths had never crossed.
Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life is a project of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in association with the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project and the Duke University Office of Community Affairs.
Face Up was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other major supporters and partners are the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; the Mary D.B.T. Semans Foundation; the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; the Visual Studies Initiative, Duke University; the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University; the Office of the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University; the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professorship in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers); Greenfire Development; the Durham Food Co-op; Lakewood Elementary School; the Chameleon; the Azteca Grill; the Institute for Southern Studies; and the Lakewood-Tuscaloosa Neighborhood Association.