Be Connected Durham is a creative, community placemaking initiative and a social enterprise centered in equitable engagement principles. 

Our mission is to address systemic barriers related to public engagement and emphasizes participation from those who are most adversely impacted by institutional decision-making processes and intentionally seek input from those communities.

Our creative strategy, communication and curatorial services address disparities & bridge access gaps using the arts as the vehicle for lasting change.

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Challenges Our Community Faces


Community leaders who are an active, integral part of a region are often overlooked by large organizations in favor of consultants whose expertise is centered in theory and adjacency.


The people seen as advocates don’t have a deep understanding of the community as they tend to be adjacent and not emerged in it.


There is an abundance of resources and knowledge available for entrepreneurs but there is also a lot of misinformation.

How We Move Forward

We win. We build solutions designed for and with our community. 

Stay open to the possibilities. Create from a space of understanding.

Keep learning. Stay up to date on the emerging equity frames of reference.

Arts and culture have long been underutilized assets in community development. Artists and cultural workers are essential when helping the City of Durham transform communities through systems designed to get input from the people who live and work in the communities themselves.

Stephen M. Schewel

Fmr Mayor, City of Durham

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Art strengthens communities

Art is an investment in health

Art can help heal communities

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HQ in Durham, NC

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