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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 

― Jane Jacobs

And a piece of the heart of our city was created right here at Liberty Arts
by Mike and Leah Waller-Foushee

To help mark his 15th birthday during Durham’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration, the community’s beloved Major the Bull in CCB Plaza will be receiving new bronze signage, in both English and Spanish, and the Bull City is invited to the celebration.

Hosted by the City of Durham and Liberty Arts, the event will take place in front of Major at CCB Plaza, located at the corner of Corcoran and West Parrish Streets in downtown Durham. The festivities will start at 11am on Friday, April 12. You'll have the opportunity to meet the artist team behind the sculpture, Leah Foushee Waller and Mike Waller and hear them speak about creating the Bull. Mayor Steve Schewel will be speaking about what the sculpture means to Durham today, while Liberty Arts representatives hand out free cupcakes.

Major the Bull, was created by Mike and Leah in the Liberty Warehouse, once a tobacco auction house turned into artist studios. In 2009 the roof caved in, the building was demolished and replaced with luxury apartments, However, because of the visionary planning on the part of the designer and architect team, Frances Vega and Frank Depasquale, the foundry survived. It is now the only non-profit foundry in the southeast and, as many of you know, we regularly cast aluminum and bronze inside those beautiful gates.

The sculpture and plaza were gifted through a grant by the Central Carolina Bank to the residents of Durham.

An experienced cattle person would recognize that Major is actually a "hybrid", not a bull one could find in any field. He's represents the symbol inherited by the city of Durham in the 1800s, stands 10 feet tall, and reinforces the strong qualities of the city and its residents.

Please join us to celebrate this beautiful beast in our vibrant city!

It's Spring!!
And that means we open our doors and invite you all in for a big party - otherwise known as our Annual Spring Open Studios and Sale Weekend! We're SO excited this year to offer a few more opportunities for fun, shopping, learning and giving.

On Friday evening, May 3rd, we will host our first Peep Show to raise money for the Liberty Arts Community Scholarship Program. We want to be able to bring in deserving students from all over Durham to learn new skills in our studio. Tickets are either $30, $50 or $100 - your choice of donation level - with a goal of raising at least $3,000 to start this meaningful fund. All tickets give you access to early buying opportunities for all of our pieces, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks (beer, wine and soft), live music and the very good company of art lovers and supporters. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Scholarship Program. On May 4th at 11am we invite you in for a day of demos, music, a silent auction and interaction with all the artists who will be selling fantastic pieces for your home or as gifts for friends and family. Food trucks will be available for brunch/lunch/dessert and drinks.
We are honored to be sponsoring ReCity for this event in our community. Please come by 112 Broadway St on April 10th, Wednesday evening for a meaningful conversation that is so dear to our hearts and so important for our community...and the planet.
Still a few tickets left for our April Feast
this Saturday the 13th!
And our first Vegan Feast coming on May 18th.

Your Chef for April will be Chris MacLaurin whose food you may have enjoyed at either Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop or Picnic Restaurant. Most recently he was the executive Chef at LaPlace in Hillsborough.
Maggie Radzweiller will be your May Chef for our first Vegan Feast. Click here for her resume and get ready for a mouth-watering read.

What will you learn this month?
Our Upcoming Classes.

Welding classes are full for April so sign up now for May.

Let Evie and Steve put a lightning rod in your hand to cut sheet metal for your newest piece of yard art or custom signage in our
PLASMA CLASS on April 20th.

Design and create your own cards or small prints with Emily on her old world machines in the LETTER PRESS INTENSIVE on April 13th

How about using Italian burl to make your own pipe in
David Huber's PIPE MAKING 101?

Check out our classes page to sign up!
Liberty Arts would so appreciate donations to our upcoming Silent Auction Fundraiser

As a friend and supporter of Liberty Arts, I know you understand that hands-on art and exciting cultural events are central to what makes Durham Great. In order to continue to serve the community with our low cost classes, support our collective of 14 artists, and operate programs for Durham’s underserved residents, Liberty Arts is holding a Silent Auction and Spring Open Studio and Sale on May 4th from 11am-5pm. We hope you can help make this auction a success by giving a tax-deductible donation, (please consult your tax advisor for specific advice). Items accepted include new merchandise, gift certificates, gift baskets, theater and concert tickets, services, classes, art, and vacation home stays.

Any support you can provide to us will be greatly appreciated and Liberty Arts will happily include any promotional brochures or business cards with your donations and display them at the auction.

Please submit all donations to Liberty Arts at 918 Pearl Street by April 30th. We will happily come pick them up from you as well. If you have any questions about making a donation or would like an item picked up, please email Ilene Hadler, Liberty Arts Board of Directors at

Thank you again for your generosity and we look forward to seeing at the Auction on May 4th.
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