The Lilies Project will create art out of coal ash in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. 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 is inspired by Jester Hairston, a notable African American composer from Walnut Cove who wrote the song "Amen" from the film Lilies of the Field, which featured Sidney Poitier.
The Lilies Project is a National Creative Peacemaking Fund grant, which is funded by ArtPlace America.