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Downtown Art Scavenger Hunt for Windows on Chapel Hill

  • 104 West Franklin Street (map)

How well do you know your downtown? Want a fun way to discover its secrets as viewed by an observer’s walk?

Join Chapel Hill Council Member, Sally Greene, the youth of the Street Scene Teen Center, and others in participating in this family fun adventure of seeking out clues to unlock the visual treats of downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street on Friday, May 9th during the 2nd Friday ArtWwalk from 6-9pm.  To add to the hunt excitement, there will be performances on the 140 West Plaza talking place simultaneously.

Visual Linguist, Carter Hubbard, created the scavenger hunt.  She selected clues resulting from a walk along Franklin Street, hand sketching them, and uniquely suspending them from the ceiling of one of the vacant storefronts in downtown Chapel Hill.  Hubbard proposed the idea for the ‘Windows on Chapel Hill’ place making initiative sponsored by The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office.  She was selected along with 3 other participants to temporarily give empty storefronts an active place in the fabric of the vibrant life in downtown while these spaces await new business. 

It is firmly established that in order for culture to effectively develop and continue to thrive, it cannot survive solely upon passive appreciation of the landscape.  For effective, vibrant, memory making culture, active participation is crucial.  Hubbard’s installation goes beyond the welcomed beautification of an underutilized space.  Her project is open to anyone who wants to have fun in a participatory way, promoting community engagement in a primary way that brings about interaction and relationship building. 

Moreover, the piece is being used by Chapel Hill’s Street Scene Teen Center as a starting place for creative writing and spoken word in addition to their participation the scavenger hunt during the Second Friday ArtWalk on May 9th.  Starr Seward, Programming Lead of the teen center, expresses the value of the Windows scavenger hunt project, “The beautiful thing about the scavenger hunt is that it forces you to slow down and really look at our town.  I think it will be cool for the kids to see their home from a different point of view.”

The clue searching fun begins at 104 West Franklin Street, the storefront next door to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  The clues can be found on either side of Franklin Street from the intersection of Columbia St down to South Graham Street and back.  To sweeten the deal, Ben & Jerry’s will be giving away a single cone scoop of ice cream to the first 40 finishers of the scavenger hunt.

Earlier Event: April 11
Dogwood Blossom performing at Johnny's
Later Event: June 13
Mark Abercrombie at The Beehive