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We Are Cary – 150 Years Later

Looking to get involved in the community?

We Are Cary – 150 Years Later is a social practice and artist residency to commemorate Cary’s 150th anniversary as a town. The project is led by led by internationally-known textile and installation artist Jan-Ru Wan. Jan-Ru and her team are working with the incredible folks at the Cary Arts Center and the Cary Teen Docents. The exhibition is scheduled to be on view in 2021 at the Cary Arts Center. You can find more project background here:

Originally, the project was going to involve a series of free community workshops (stitching and fabric printing) to create material for the installations, as well as interviewing residents of Cary and gathering their stories.

Since the Covid-19 crisis, the project has shifted to demonstrate the resilience of the community and the uniqueness of the time we’re living through. We want to to make sure we’re helping protect the community, as well as provide an outlet for creative expression. We’re doing this right now by making “We Are Cary” masks and encouraging people to individualize their masks and photograph themselves, and share their stories. 

Need a mask? Or just want to be involved in the project (mask-making, mask-decorating, and story sharing)? Learn more and sign up here: