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Co-sponsored Event: Who Was Frederick Douglass? Mon, Feb 5 at 7:00 pm

Plastic Bag Quilting! Fri, Feb 2 at 2:00 pm

Ever wonder what to do with all those plastic bags lying around your house? Did you know that they can’t be combined with your regular recycling? This spring, to raise awareness about the serious environmental challenges that plastic bags present, the Center is partnering with Carolina Performing Arts and campus sustainability partners to turn plastic bags into art. We’re also issuing a Plastic Bag Challenge to see if UNC students, staff, faculty, parents, and friends can recycle 10,000 plastic bags through the special collection points that can help turn those old grocery bags (and other types of plastic film) into sustainable lumber and reusable plastic products.

Join us next Friday, as CPA DisTIL Fellow Robin Frohardt shows us how to craft a plastic bag quilt! Building on her previous work in visual arts, theater, and puppetry, Robin’s current project focuses on the ubiquity of plastic, which is non-biodegradable and therefore becomes a permanent part of our planet. Our plastic bag quilt will be exhibited on April 21 at “PLASTICON” in CPA’s new artspace CURRENT. We’ll have southern snacks, friendly instruction for newcomers, and a new spin on old-fashioned quilting. You can also bring in those old plastic bags, which we’ll collect and recycle as part of our Plastic Bag Challenge.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to Alex Ripp at will be appreciated. Special thanks to our co-sponsors and quilting buddies: Carolina Performing Arts, Sustainability@UNC, EcoReps, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, and the Three Zeros Initiative. Deviled eggs and other southern snacks will be served!

#FD200 Kickoff Celebration, Thurs, Jan 25 at 7:00 pm

pc: Blake Chamberlain ©2013

Come help us kick-off a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass with an evening of art and song. Visionary artist Tarish Pipkins, aka Jeghetto, will unveil his newest creation, a Frederick Douglass puppet and multimedia performance. Acclaimed gospel singer and scholar Mary D. Williams will celebrate Douglass by singing the story of the African-American experience–from slavery to abolition and beyond. This event launches a local series of commemorative programs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Orange County, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and the Chapel Hill chapter of the NAACP.

Charleston Lecture by Philip & Pierce Freelon, Thurs, Nov 16 at 7:00 pm


Join us in the Stone Center Theatre for the 2017 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs by Philip and Pierce Freelon, titled “Black Space Making and the Built Environment.”

Philip Freelon is a renowned architect who served as the lead designer for the Stone Center as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Pierce Freelon is a musician and social entrepreneur who founded Blackspace and ran for Mayor of Durham in 2017. These two visionary leaders will discuss past and present challenges and opportunities in the struggle to create spaces for creative expression and social justice, and Renee Alexander Craft will lead the conversation.

This event, co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00 pm in the Bell Tower parking deck.

On Display Through December 2017

Drop by the Center and check out our Fall 2017 art exhibit, featuring story quilts based on the deployed experiences of Native American military veterans. Inspired by oral history interviews with veterans from each of North Carolina’s eight state- and federally-recognized tribes, these quilts are artifacts of lived experience and material culture from the American South. Their stories from World War II through ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the strength and complications of patriotism, as well as the struggles that sometimes continue after leaving the combat zone.

This project was conceived and directed by Karen Harley, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian tribe. The exhibit is made possible with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.