Bridging the Gap

A healthy arts ecosystem gives voice to our community.

Art creates opportunities for dialogue­­, shared cultural experiences and civic engagement. It brings community members together to solve problems, build relationships and get involved in ways that rebuild social capital. Art unifies, and art educates.

We strive to support a healthy arts ecosystem by bridging the gap between the Innovation Quarter community and our broader creative community. One tool we use to do this is iQ Community Labs, a partnership hub that seeks to scale solutions in health and social equity.

The Innovation Quarter is committed to convening partnerships, aligning with social innovation efforts that expand artistic platforms to help voices from all corners of our community express themselves.

Explore our visual storytelling and public art pieces below and discover what’s next.

Depot Street Renaissance Mural: The Big Picture

Art in the Innovation Quarter

Explore our public art and get inspired.

The Wall in Bailey Park

by Laura Lashley

Completed in 2015, Lashley’s signature blooms are the Innovation Quarter’s first commissioned mural. Located on the retaining walls in Bailey Park, view it from the lower lawn.

Learn more about Lashley here.


by Jessica Singerman

During the summer of 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the #WinstonStrong mural was commissioned to symbolize the diversity of our local community. It is located on Long Branch Trail along Research Parkway near Salem Parkway.

Learn more about Singerman here.

Depot Street Renaissance

by Leo Rucker

Within our community’s boundaries is a long history of thriving Black life. Local artist Leo Rucker finished this mural in early 2021, depicting just a few of the many individuals, businesses and institutions that created this neighborhood’s rich heritage.

Check out the full story here.

to Inspire

by Georgie Nakima

Georgie Nakima uses spray paint to put a woman’s mark on a male-dominated field—bringing together the forces of innovation and creativity through art to create a design that captures cultural diversity and optimism for our community’s future.

Learn more about this “Aspire to Inspire.

Triple Helix

by Duncan G. Lewis

This towering sculpture, located in the courtyard of One Tech Park, was created by local sculpture Duncan Lewis in 2003. Standing nearly 20 feet tall this stainless steel and bronze sculpture is dedicated to Doug Maynard, the former president of what is now the Innovation Quarter.

Art for Art's Sake Tower

by UNCSA students

Jointly created by UNCSA and community arts organization AFAS (Art for Art’s Sake) in 2015 during the school’s 50th Anniversary celebration this 15-foot tall tower is located at the corner of 4th Street and North Patterson Avenue. The twelve painted panels are renewed and replaced by students majoring in scenic painting at UNCSA annually.

From freshman to seniors, the students envision, design, paint and install new panels, celebrating our partnership with the community and displaying the creative dynamism of the students and school.