Arts Council Public Art Program

DAY 14 – The mural is finished. Thank you Nick Napoletano for the gift of your talent.

Moore County, NC has as much charm, history, livability, and spirit as any other place in the country. It has long been a destination for health benefits, literary enlightenment, and the ultimate challenge in golf. Moore County is becoming more known for its arts and cultural offerings too. Adding to the unique experiences is the increase in public art installations, such as the murals in Carthage and Southern Pines, or the Patrick Dougherty sculpture at Sandhills Community College Gardens.

Below is an online map showing some of Moore County’s public art pieces. The list is incomplete, but it will help you start exploring more of Moore County, one public art piece at a time.

Moore County Public Art Trail & Map

Created and hosted by the Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area


Arts Council Public Art Program

The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) seeks Moore County property owners who wish to install public art somewhere on their property. The property owner may have an artist in mind for their project, or ACMC can hold an open call to artists. The goal of this program is to use public art to create a sense of community and attract more attention and economic activity to areas that will positively impact the entire county.

The program will be directed by ACMC in partnership with property owner. Each public art project must meet certain guidelines and be approved by a public art committee consisting of representatives from ACMC, property owners, and other interested parties in the area where the art is to be installed. This program will also seek guidance and support from the NC Arts Council and other public art experts.

ELIGIBILITY:  The Arts Council Public Art Program is open to professional artists (or teams of collaborative artists) that are born or reside in North Carolina, ages 18 or older. Other teams, such as groups containing children or amateur artists, may submit, provided an adult, professional artist installs the public art. Applicants will not be discriminated on the basis of any class or disability.

ART GUIDELINES:  Based on the artist’s vision, property owner’s input and art location, a successful proposal will ideally meet the following guidelines:

  • Artistic design & application is of the highest level and completely original by the submitting artist/art team.
  • Broad/universal appeal to locals and visitors, which may be uplifting, playful, inspiring, colorful, thoughtful, or historical in nature. Be creative!
  • Compliments the character or history of the mural location and surrounding area.
  • Engages and encourages photographic and/or opportunities for pedestrian interaction.
  • Acceptable for public viewing by all ages.
  • Avoids overt political, religious or social statements and/or influences.
  • Contains the names of the artist/art team and sponsors, as requested.
  • Feasible budget and timeline.
  • Avoids subject matter that could be construed as advertising or contains direct or indirect promotion related solely to the economic interests of any business. Public art that advertise a business, agency, service or product in any way will not be approved and will be directed to the entity that regulates signage in the public art location.

PROPERTY OWNERS:  If you are interested in having public art on your property, please contact the Arts Council at 910-692-2787 or to learn more.

ARTISTS: We are not currently accepting proposals. If you are interested in being contacted should a project require a Request for Proposal, please email the following information to the Arts Council at

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address
  • Examples of your work to include 5-10 digital images or web links. For each example, include title, date, size, budget, materials used, and location.

If you have any questions, please contact the Arts Council at 910-692-2787 or