Introduction

As the City of Durham improves public amenities through the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), the Cultural & Public Art Program has the opportunity to provide public art amenities for Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries. Based on the needs of the cemetery through on-site staff feedback, Beechwood will feature two art-informed benches near the main entrance, and Maplewood will feature handrails for the space where ashes of passed loved ones may be laid to rest. The public art amenities will provide appropriate upgrades for residents of the community and visitors of the cemeteries. In order to provide the upcoming artists’ with a vision and themes, we are asking residents and visitors to share your stories of Beechwood Cemetery and Maplewood Cemetery. Artists for these projects will be selected from the Pre-Qualified Artists Registry by a panel of community members, groundskeepers, cemetery administrative staff, and Public Art Committee Members. For more information about how to apply to the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry, please visit the Cultural & Public Art Program’s website, here: https://durhamnc.gov/2984/Durham-Calls-for-Artists
 
Background
The City of Durham established Maplewood Cemetery in 1872 and Beechwood in 1924.  Maplewood Cemetery is located at 1621 Duke University Rd, and Beechwood Cemetery is located at 3300 Fayetteville St (next to White Rock Baptist Church). Both cemeteries offer burial options for traditional full burials as well as cremations.  Both cemeteries feature beautiful views, veterans’ sections, flat markers, upright headstones, and mausoleums.  Information regarding burial services is available upon request.  We invite residence and visitors to see the cemeteries--visit anytime or call (919) 560-4156 to set up a guided tour. 
 
For more information on City-owned Cemeteries, please visit the City’s website: https://durhamnc.gov/737/Cemeteries-Management.

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* 1. What history do you know about Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries?

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* 2. Do you have a story about a family member or other individuals who rest in these cemeteries?

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* 3. Do the histories of Beechwood and/or Maplewood Cemetery have particular meaning in your life or in your community?

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* 4. As a way to include art into public features of the cemetery, what types of art do you find peaceful or appropriate for the cemeteries?

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* 5. Do you know someone who would be interested in this project? If so, please share their name and contact information if they are willing.

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* 6. Any additional comments about the public art amenities or the cemeteries?

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Please tell us a little information about you. (This information will only be used for the purpose of the project unless you elect to sharing your email address and phone number for future use for public art projects)

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* 7. Please enter your contact information below.

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* 10. Are you interested in being contacted for future public art opportunities?

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