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We aim to be adaptive, flexible and willing to take risks in bold ideas.

Our Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy launched with three initiatives: Inclusive Public Art, an All For NC Fellowship and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity’s (GARE) efforts in North Carolina. Our work in the Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy will evolve each year. (In 2020, ZSR anticipates the launch of a new project within our Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy, so please stay tuned!)


ZSR believes that art can open the door to conversations that lead to a deeper understanding of our common bonds as North Carolinians. During the Foundation’s recent, yearlong listening and learning tour, it was evident that legacies of racism and segregation were pervasive in many communities we visited, but are not discussed often in public unless there is a major issue involving race. Combined with the historic and recent controversies regarding public art, monuments and race, the Foundation wanted to explore how art could serve as a starting place for people to engage in important—even difficult and courageous—conversations about their community’s past, present and future. This initiative aims to include historically marginalized people in the decision-making processes about art in public places and is intended to spark healthy dialogue. Therefore, the community engagement aspect of the projects we have funded through this initiative is just as important as the art itself.

Below is more information about ZSR’s Inclusive Public Art grantees. These ten projects were each awarded $45,000 in May 2019 to share stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of North Carolina, especially those whose stories are often untold or under told.

We received more than 80 Letters of Intent from interested applicants in October 2018. ZSR’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) – a diverse group of North Carolina experts in art, history and/or community engagement—recommended 20 semi-finalists, who were each awarded $5,000 planning grants in November 2018 to engage their communities in the process of determining what the art installments would be and where they would go.


ZSR is partnering with UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina to document the experiences of all ten grantees as they undergo the process of telling these important stories through public art. In addition, we will continue to update our Inclusive Public Art microsite and post updates to social media to follow the progress of each project and reveal the final installations.

Learn More about Inclusive Public Art

Visit the Inclusive Public Art Microsite

all for nc fellowship

The All For NC Fellowship is a 12-month program that provides funding, coaching and mentoring to North Carolina residents between the ages of 21 and 35, at the time of the award, who have a vision and plan that could contribute to a better life for North Carolina’s people and communities. From 361 applications, our Trustees awarded Fellowships of $75,000 each to four young change makers.

ZSR believes that art can open the door to conversations that lead to a deeper understanding of our common bonds as North Carolinians.

From 361 applications, our Trustees awarded All For NC Fellowships of $75,000 each to four young change makers.

Danielle Adams

Danielle seeks to bring a racial and gender equity lens to the emerging, legalized industrial hemp and cannabis industry throughout North Carolina to ensure that this emerging market will benefit people of color, especially women of color.

Stefania Arteaga

Stefania seeks to build a network of pro-bono/low-bono attorneys who can assist immigrants with legal matters in Charlotte, while simultaneously building community power and resilience throughout immigrant communities in the city.

Cedric Harrison

Cedric is building Support The Port—an emerging venture that promotes entrepreneurial development and meaningful employment, especially for people of color in Wilmington.

Lydia See

Lydia will launch the “Engaging Collections Residency”—inviting creatives to produce collaborative artworks with local libraries and archives in communities across the state to tell little-known stories about their communities’ pasts.


Fellows will implement their project work plans through Fall 2020 and ZSR will document and share more about the work of each over the coming year. In the Fall and Winter of 2020, the Foundation will take time to reflect on and tweak the Fellowship in preparation for the launch of its second round of applications in 2021. ZSR expects to fund three cohorts of Fellows over the course of five years, with up to five Fellows selected for each cohort.

Learn More about the All For NC Fellowship

Meet Our All For NC Fellows

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

ZSR is supporting the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to work with select local jurisdictions in North Carolina that desire to develop and deepen their racial equity lens. GARE is a national project of Race Forward, and ZSR’s grant of $180,000 in April 2018 has supported its work in North Carolina.


GARE plans to continue and expand its work with local governments in North Carolina through the creation of a learning cohort. In addition, ZSR is providing funding to support Race Forward’s national conference in 2020, which will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Learn more about GARE

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