Greensboro Downtown Greenway Public Art Opportunity at Market + Branch Greensboro, NC

About the Downtown Greenway

The 4-mile Downtown Greenway will, when complete, encircle Greensboro’s central business district while expanding its perceived footprint. The Downtown Greenway is one of Action Greensboro’s signature projects, and was conceived to spur economic development, connect diverse communities, promote wellness, and re-energize downtown Greensboro. Public Art, accessible to all and informed by the many voices of Greensboro’s citizens, is a prominent focus on multiple locations along the Downtown Greenway. Created by a diverse group of local, national and international artists, public art tells the stories of our community and draws people in, while encouraging connections and making art a highly visible part of everyday life in our city. 

Market + Branch Commission

The proposed Market + Branch Public Art Project has been selected for funding by a local non-profit, The Cemala Foundation.

The Market + Branch Commission will be prominently located on the Western Branch section of the Downtown Greenway. The site for the sculpture is adjacent to the trail as it travels along an abandoned railroad line and crosses West Market Street, a main entryway into downtown Greensboro for vehicular traffic. The highly visible site provides an excellent opportunity to transform this well-travelled route into downtown. The addition of a dynamic public artwork will serve as a visual welcome to visitors enroute to our city’s center, as well as to the users of the Downtown Greenway. The planned addition of traffic signals at this location will be designed to slow down traffic along this stretch of West Market Street to allow for greater pedestrian safety, and will also afford drivers an opportunity to view what we anticipate will be a visual cue that they are entering an area of Greensboro that is welcoming, innovative, and engaging. Because of its location, the artwork will be enjoyed on a daily basis by both pedestrians and passing vehicular traffic, and, as is the case with all sections of the Downtown Greenway, the installation will provide an opportunity to create accessible programming that will encourage engagement by all citizens.

This is a National call with a $200,000 budget. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2024.

To see more details about the artist call & submit an application, you can register and log in to a CODAworx account. 

Please see the commission document for full project information and more detailed application instructions