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 We Are Cary: 150 Years Later




Learn about how Cary is celebrating its 150th anniversary through stories and art

Something big is happening in Cary. Checkout the latest temporary outdoor exhibition to learn more. 

Cary Public Art in the News

Cary Citizen
by Ashley Kairis, October 19th, 2020

Cary Magazine
by Jack Frederick, September 23rd, 2020

Public art is a cultural resource and a source of community pride in Cary. Artworks have been commissioned throughout Cary through the efforts of the Cultural Arts Division of the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and local non-profit Cary Visual Art.

Learn more about Artist Vicki Scuri and the Crabtree Creek Greenway Pedestrian Tunnel

Higgins Greenway Public Art RFQ

Digital Booklet

Public Art Master Plan

View the Public Art Master Plan adopted by the Cary Town Council in January 2013. Full PDF

Online Feedback: Provide comments on existing art and suggestions for new pieces.

Artist Registry and Image Bank

The Town has established an Artist Registry and Imagebank to be used by persons interested in including the services of an artist in their projects. The registry includes professional artists from across the region and the United States. The Artist Registry and Imagebank was refreshed with a new call to artists in 2018. For more information, contact the Public Art Supervisor (919) 465-4791.

Learn more about the Public Art Mentorship Program.

Public Art in Private Development

Public art helps Cary create a highly-desirable sense of place and is facilitated by the Town’s Public Art Master Plan.

The Town's Site Design Standards encourage public art as a key element in the design of open public spaces. Additionally, the Standards support the installation of artwork that can be purely aesthetic or functional in nature. Public art can be integrated into building facades, landscaping, and street-scaping if created by artists as unique elements or limited editions. The purpose is to incorporate, at the planning or design stage, the ideas and work of artists in order to affect the highest standards of creativity and innovation in the planning and design of buildings and public spaces.

An application to incorporate public art into your development project is encouraged. Submit the application at the earliest possible phase of your Site Plans submittal for the Town's review. For more information, contact the Public Art Supervisor (919) 465-4791 to discuss your project.

Download the Public Art Help Guide for Private Developers - Cary 

Download a Public Art Placement Application Form.

Public Art Master Plan (2001)

Executive Summary
Full Plan
Public Art Master Plan: Presentation 2005 (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file)


Denise Dickens
Public Art Supervisor
(919) 465-4791

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