The Lilies Project

Caroline Armijo

Funding Received: 2017
Walnut Cove, NC
$350,000
Funding Period: 2 years and 6 months

Walnut Cove, NC is adjacent to Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Power Station, which houses 20 million tons of coal ash. Local mixed-media artist Caroline Armijo will partner with scientists from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to create a series of sculptures that repurpose this hazardous waste material safely and that will become the centerpiece of a public park. This project will also serve as a local pilot for environmental policy that will determine how coal ash is managed in the region. 

This project is inspired by Jester Hariston, a notable African American composer from Walnut Cove who wrote the song “Amen” from the film Lillies of the Field, which featured  Sidney Poitier.

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

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Last week, I joined Ira Tilley live on the air with Voice of the People. I was a little nervous, but Ira promised that the... Read More
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May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. I am sad to share that brain tumors in our community are way too common. They struck close to... Read More
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What a tremendous honor to be invited to give the commencement address for my alma mater last night. Please enjoy my most hopeful speech given... Read More
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This week our partners from Appalachian Voices traveled to Arlington, VA to speak for three North Carolina moms, who are opposed to the EPA's Proposed... Read More
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Dec 26, 2017
Much has been said about coal ash since that grimy waste product shot to the top of North Carolina’s political agenda after the 2014 spill... Read More
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Dec 14, 2017
Caroline Armijo was feeling relaxed, her mind open, during a guided meditation class when she was visited by a creative muse: Why not take coal... Read More
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Dec 8, 2017
Caroline Armijo recently won a $350 thousand grant from ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund to install her designs in Walnut Cove, near Duke Energy’s... Read More
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This past February, UNC School of Journalism students asked if I would be willing to be part of an Environmental Journalism class project. I said...Read more
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Today, we are proud to announce the 23 creative placemaking projects that will receive funding in communities of all sizes across 18 states and one...Read more
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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To celebrate we asked some of...Read more