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.