Public Art

Landmark moments shape our lives. Landmark art shapes our city. Charlotte is rich in diversity, but it is through public art programs that Charlotte becomes established in its identity. Public art is our opportunity to write many narratives into one overarching story of this place we call home.

Since 1993, ASC has managed the public art programs for the city and county. The Public Art Commission is responsible for the community-based artist selection and design review process for each public artwork. The commission is an appointed board of volunteer citizens from the arts, education and business sectors.

In 2003, Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council adopted ordinances that appropriate 1 percent of eligible capital improvement project funds for public art. The ordinance helps ensure that artworks enhance our public spaces and become an integral part of urban and economic development efforts.


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Public Art 101

Date: 2 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2020.
Cost: Free.
Audience: Charlotte-Mecklenburg region creative individuals.

Join ASC for a free virtual public art workshop featuring award-winning public artist Dixie Friend GayChat with us live as Dixie demystifies applying for and realizing public art projects and shares her realistic approach to making a lucrative living in public art. 

Dixie Friend Gay is best known for her numerous public art commissions. Her public art has been recognized by Americans for the Arts “Public Art Year in Review” and will be featured in the new Charlotte Douglas International Airport building currently under construction. 

This free online workshop will be livestreamed on ASC’s YouTube channel. Artists who have never received a public art commission emerging artists, and artists of color are highly encouraged to join this free live-streamed event.   

For more information, contact ASC Public Art at  

Virtual Community Engagement Workshop

Date: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Audience: Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents, particularly those who live in the Seversville, Lakewood and Historic West End communities.

Your participation during this virtual presentation and Community Engagement Workshop with artist Stephen Hayes will shape the public artwork he creates for the Stewart Creek Greenway, which weaves through Historic West End.

The artwork, anticipated to be completed in spring 2021, is connected to the greenway’s trail extension, which will connect an additional 1.5 miles at the State Street Trailhead, extending into Martin Luther King Park and the Lakewood community.

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You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679

Access Code: 897-432-069

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Questions? Contact Randella Foster, ASC public art project manager, at

In-Progress Projects

Selected Completed Projects