Public Artist Selected for Mecklenburg County Northeast Community Resource Center

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Nova Jiang will share her concept for public artwork at upcoming Community Engagement Workshop.
Nova Jiang.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 29, 2021) – Los Angeles-based artist Nova Jiang has been selected to create public artwork for the planned Mecklenburg County Northeast Community Resource Center, which will serve county residents in northeast Charlotte.

Jiang creates work that encourages the tactile and creative participation of the audience, resulting in structurally open systems in which joy and improvisation can thrive. She is the recipient of major public art commissions from Westfield/UCLA, the City of Cambridge and the City of Sacramento.

The artist will share her concept for public art for the Northeast Community Resource Center at a virtual Community Engagement Workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The virtual event provides an opportunity for residents to learn about Jiang and her artistic process and provide feedback on her concept for public art.

“Nova Jiang is known for creating artwork that promotes tactile and creative participation while also being culturally relevant and responsive to community,” said ASC Public Art Project Manager Randella Foster. “We are thrilled to have her as the artist for this project.”

Those interested in participating in the Community Engagement Workshop with Jiang can receive the meeting link by emailing Foster at or calling 704-335-3262.

Funding for the artwork is in accordance with Mecklenburg County’s Public Art Ordinance, which allocates one percent of the total construction budgets for eligible capital projects for public art. ASC manages the public art programs for the county and the City of Charlotte.

The commissioning budget for the public artwork is $451,350, which includes the artist’s fee, design, engineering, fabrication and installation costs. Installation is expected to occur in the late fall or early winter.

Recent additions to Mecklenburg County’s public art collection include “Balancing Act,” an interactive public artwork you can make music with completed in December by Montreal-based art and design studio Daily tous les jours; “Nested Hive,” a kaleidoscopic-like pavilion installed in November by the Houston-based artist team RE:site at the new Eastway Regional Recreation Center; “Open Book, Open Mind,” a colorful public artwork by Greensboro artist Jim Gallucci installed in November at the entry of the renovated South County Regional Library; and “Divining,” a dowsing rod-inspired artwork by Buster Simpson installed in September at Latta Nature Center.

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ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

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