Banner Project

The Davidson Public Art Commission is excited to announce the installation of its banner project. In solidarity with recent national and local events- both tragic and inspiring- the project lines the main corridor to and through town with a variety of banners illustrating key ingredients of strong communities and our best selves: Respect, empathy, justice, equality, equity, love, belonging, inclusion, unity, peace, and understanding.

The project aligns itself with the Town of Davidson’s strategic plan which states, “Davidson remains committed to controlling our own destiny as a distinct, sustainable, and sovereign small town. Our sense of community is rooted in citizens who respect each other; in racial and socioeconomic diversity; and in pedestrian and bicycle orientation; all in the presence of a small liberal arts college. Our history and character guide our future.”

Twenty-six artists of all ages who are North Carolina residents with an affiliation with either the town or Davidson College (past or present) were chosen as finalists. Their artwork is on display on 20” x 45.5” banners throughout the town for public insight and enjoyment. You are able to view all of the banners on the Town’s website here.

A virtual dedication for the banner project occurred Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park. Mayor Knox and Sherry Nelson, Chair of the Davidson Public Art Commission made brief remarks. A video of the event may be viewed below. 

  1. About the Project
  2. Artist Eligibility
  3. Submission Requirements
  4. Selection Process
  5. Winning Submissions

About the Project

The Town of Davidson’s strategic plan states, “Davidson remains committed to controlling our own destiny as a distinct, sustainable, and sovereign small town. Our sense of community is rooted in citizens who respect each other; in racial and socioeconomic diversity; and in pedestrian and bicycle orientation; all in the presence of a small liberal arts college. Our history and character guide our future.”

In solidarity with recent national and local events—both tragic and inspiring, Davidson’s Public Art Commission is launching a project to line the main corridor to and through the Village with a variety of banners illustrating key ingredients of strong communities and our best selves:

RESPECT, EMPATHY, JUSTICE, EQUALITY, EQUITY, LOVE, BELONGING, INCLUSION, UNITY, PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING.

We are inviting artists of all ages who have an affiliation with our town or Davidson College (past or present) to make these concepts come alive through the creation of beautiful images that can ultimately be printed on 20" x 45.5" banners for public insight and enjoyment

Questions about the project?

Feel free to reach out to Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming at (704) 940-9622 or by email at kfleming@townofdavidson.org