The Bulls of Durham living history book project began on August 2nd, 2016. Well over 100 Durhamites have been interviewed for the project, which intentionally reflects the beautiful spectrum of the diversity that makes the Bull City the best city. The entire purpose of The Bulls of Durham is to show Durham, North Carolina through the bulls’ eyes.
Apostrophe placement is important there.
Welcome to the Bull City a taste of what’s to come in The Bulls of Durham living history book when it launches in 2019. Not only does will it tide you over until the big book arrives, this mini book is arriving just in time for the holidays and at and adoraBULL 6”x6” it makes for perfect stocking stuffers. Priced at only $10 you can knock out your holiday list without breaking the bank. And what better gift than a warm welcome to the Bull City.
Get to know the folks that are moving and shaping the Bull City for the better – school teachers, politicians, activists, business owners, artists and more. And as an added bonus, discover that in these tense times you live in a city filled with genuinely kind-hearted, intelligent folks who want the best for everyone.
Each interviewee answered the same six questions. Each question was intentionally open-ended to allow the interviewees’ voice and perspective to shine through. While every answer was incrediBULL, unique and thought-provoking, there was one question to which every answer came out a ‘Welcome to Durham.’ Three words that can be said so many different ways. Stick around the city long enough and you’ll feel that in your bones.
What follows are just some of the incrediBULL interviewee answers to this question, “The Bulls of Durham living history book is done. Someone comes to visit you and this is their first time coming to the Bull City. Your signed copy of the book proudly displayed on your coffee table and you’ve got a page bookmarked – perhaps with an adoraBULL bull-shaped bookmark. They open up the book to your page and your words serve as their introduction to Durham. What is the ONE thing you want them know about Durham right off the bat? No pressure.”
“The Bulls of Durham” living history book is Durham’s book and Durham chose it’s very own as the cover artist for the book.
On August 2nd, 2018, the 2-year anniversary of the project, we launched “The Bulls of Durham” cover art contest – an equitaBULL opportunity for local artists to be a part of the project. We were blessed to receive a wide variety of visual art from a truly diverse group of artists.
Art has historically been part of the Bull City’s success and culture. It’s the magnet that draws folks to Durham and the wildfire that spreads the city’s innovation across the globe. From strategically placed fences with genius backstories to artwork that becomes its very own kind of pyramid scheme for 150 years, art has built the Bull into what it is today.
When we received 16 incrediBULL submissions for the cover art contest we were floored. Moreover, every member of The Bulls of Durham team was grateful we didn’t have to choose the cover art because all the submissions were so unBULLievaBULL it was impossiBULL to choose. Yes, that much bull.
The Durham community had no problem choosing a cover. When we opened up public voting on 9/19, by chance, so many votes flooded in that the notifications bricked up my phone until the following morning. We received over 3000 votes. Oh hey, Durham. We noticed you like art and speaking your mind.
"The Bulls of Durham" living history book is Durham's book - of Durham, for Durham.
In line with that we opened up a public cover art contest and were lucky enough to have 16 submissions that warranted moving onto the public voting. Public voting opened on September 19th and will run through October 5th at midnight. We've had well over 1000 votes. The Bull City population is notoriously last minute, get your favorite submission in the lead now before that final hour voting avalanche.
You're welcome to vote every day, from every email you have. We have an unbiased volunteer on deck tabulating the results, so get extra with it.
Before you cast your final vote, take a moment to get to know each of the Cover Art Contestants. Each contestant was asked to share their connection to Durham, explain their art and explain how it connects with "The Bulls of Durham" living history book. As this book will rep the city far years to come in front of thousands of eyes, it's important that the submission lines up with all the of the criteria and that, we, as a community choose the cover.
Below are each of the contestants submissions in order of their randomly assigned submission number.
Durhamights love to find creative new ways to collaborate and serve the community for the greater good. Why not start this time with an ice-cold glass of your favorite locally crafted beer? Five competing craft breweries - Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull Durham Beer Co., Fullsteam Brewery, Ponysaurus Brewing, and Triangle Brewing Co. - united with Habitat for Humanity to give back to the Durham community. The result? An entire house built by beer. Literally.
The “We CAN build it CANpaign” lead by Seth Gross of Bull City Burger and Brewery, began in 2016. At the time of press release on July 20, 2018, it was estimated that the Ramirez Pina family would be moving in to their new home in 20 weeks. What may have been a casual night sharing beer with friends, has been transformed into the incrediBULL possibility of a life for the Ramirez Pina family in Durham.
Here’s how it worked: Local breweries each created one-of-a-kind beers to be sold in six-packs. Buy. Drink. Build an affordable home. Repeat.
Contributors who donated $75 to Durham's Habitat for Humanity received a case of five 32-ounce cans (one from each brewery), and a Habitat for Humanity pint glass. In the end, this totally-Durham fundraising strategy raised $50,000 over the course of 2 years, the threshold Habitat considers enough to build a house. In other words, a whole lot of Durham beer-lovers were thirsty for a positive social change.
Gentrification, the buzz-word many Durhamites hear daily, needs a solution. For a quick vocab-recap on gentrification: the process by which affluent, wealthier individuals (often white) buy and renew deteriorating areas historically lived in by minorities. In Durham those areas are in and around downtown. The result of this process, is the displacement of residents typically by way of increased taxes due to nearby renovation increasing their property values. As people glorify the renewal, revitalizing and reinvention of formerly languished areas, often the people who once occupied those spaces get lost in the mix.
Solutions for this fallout can be approached from different angles. Durham breweries have recognized the issue and decided to take an active role and be a part of the solution. Why not take on affordable housing through craft beer sales? Other funky-soul-cities such as Asheville, Austin, and Denver have caught the beer-for-a-good-cause craze. If five competing craft beer breweries can join forces to provide affordable housing for a Durham family, what other unique angles can we take in combating gentrification?
Durham is for everyone - our diversity on every level is what makes our city incrediBULL. Keeping Durham, Durham is something we can all raise a glass to. Better yet, let’s grab a beer next week to keep this conversation going. In a few years I believe that the title of this blog will read “The homeS that Durham Built,” plural.
Want to help? Women and men of all experience levels can sign up to volunteer with Durham Habitat for Humanity at www.durhamhabitat.org.
Guest Blog By: Marie Muir
Durham Habitat for Humanity www.durhamhabitat.org
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BULLS OF DURHAM COVER CONTEST DETAILS:
Submit any form of visual art (photography, painting, graphic design, etc.) to email@example.com by Thursday, September 6th, 2018.
Front and back cover of a 10” x 10” gloss hardcover
The book cover needs to be in alignment with the content of the book. Familiarity with “The Bulls of Durham” living history book project and the city of Durham, North Carolina will be necessary. Visual art may take any form. Artwork MUST include a bull.
Keep in mind this book is going into all Durham Public School libraries, historical archives and through both the Durham community and nation. Artwork must be appropriate and captivating for all ages.
All artwork submitted will be reviewed by project creator Sheila Amir to assure it’s appropriate and in line with the project. From there voting will open up to the public through October 4th, 2018 with Sheila Amir Creator and CEO of The Bulls of Durham reserving all rights on final selection.
Looking for artwork that will show the world what stands out about Durham, North Carolina and includes a bull.
Contest is open to individuals who live, work, play in Durham and are a current resident of the Triangle. All applicants are eligible regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability.
All submissions must be received by Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by 11:59pm. No exceptions.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Book Cover Art Submission including the following:
All submissions must be original artwork of the applicant and connect include any portion of artwork owned by or copyrighted by another entity. If artwork features photos of living individuals, their names and a signed release must be included with your submissions. Photos of individuals who have passed away must include documentation expressing permission to use image.
Please send any and all communication regarding “The Bulls of Durham” cover contest to email@example.com. Questions are welcome.
Contest winner will receive $500.
RIGHTS AND DISCLAIMERS:
This book cover contest does not obligate the Sheila Amir and The Bulls of Durham LLC to accept or contract for any expressed or implied services. Sheila Amir, Creator and CEO of the Bulls of Durham LLC reserves the right to reject any and all submissions. Sheila Amir reserves the right to change the criteria and make changes to the submission procedures and timeline to best suit the needs of the project.
By entering this competition, applicant(s) agree to all terms described herein, and grant The Bulls of Durham LLC full rights and unlimited use of their submitted image (or portion thereof), in the cover artwork and for use in any Bulls of Durham promotions, including but not limited to print, digital, and social media channels. The Bulls of Durham reserves the right to determine if artwork will be used in subsequent editions and printings.