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ARTS & CULTURE Local, national and international artists completed more than 40,000 square feet of murals at the University Hill mixed-use development at 3806 University Dr. in September. Visitors are welcome to walk among the buildings to enjoy the 43 murals – the largest collection of murals in the Southeast.

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In November, the Durham Transportation Department, Cultural and Public Art Program, a panel of community members and the Durham Parks Foundation selected Claire Alexandre, Candy Carver, Jai Martin, Renzo Ortega and Cassandra Rowe to create initial designs for the Club Crossing project, which will feature crosswalk art at the intersection of West Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue. The goal of the project, which will be completed in spring 2021, is to improve street safety.

ON THE MOVE The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association hired Laura Stroud (right)

as its water management program coordinator and Steve Anderson as its parttime water management associate in October. Laura will focus on managing watershed improvement projects, and Steve will work on data management and expanding citizen science opportunities with local universities and colleges.

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield and County Manager Wendell Davis named Sara Moreno Young as the new director of the Durham City-County Planning Department in

September. Sara has worked in Durham for more than two decades and served as interim director of the department during the pandemic. Sara succeeds Patrick Young, who resigned in July. She began her new role in October. Music education nonprofit Kidznotes selected Shana Tucker as its executive director in October. Shana is a renowned cellist, singersongwriter, teaching artist and local champion for diversity, equity and inclusion. Kidznotes provides free instruments and lessons to underprivileged students attending Title I schools in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The Durham Sports Commission named Marcus Manning as its next executive director in October. Marcus most recently served as the director of athletics and recreation at Centenary College of Louisiana. In this role, Marcus will expand access to sports for Durham residents and cultivate sporting events that support local businesses and jobs.

Durham artist Beverly McIver returns to Craven Allen Gallery

with “The Light Within,” a powerful new exhibition of paintings. The gallery is open with social distancing guidelines in place, and the work is available for viewing online. Through a series of self-portraits and paintings of family and friends, she confronted her feelings and fears surrounding COVID-19 and racial and political turbulence. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 20.

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Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield retired on Sep. 30 after a 42-year career in public service, including 12 years in Durham. A farewell vehicle parade took place in September along City Hall Plaza to honor Tom’s contributions to Durham and his retirement while complying with social distancing mandates.

The Durham Literacy Center welcomed five new members to its board of directors: Steven Lebowitz, Candace Rashada, Sandy Roberts, Kathy Sikes and Ike Thomas. Jill Madsen was elected as the newest board chair and Kulwadee Young was elected as treasurer. The center also adds Ellie Danford, a Durham native and Smith College alumna, as an instructional technology

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