March 2017, News & Features

Calling all artists to “envision St. Agnes”

RALEIGH, NC (Mar 16, 2017) – On Saturday April 8, Saint Augustine’s University is inviting all creative thinkers, artists and art lovers to join us on the campus of Saint Augustine’s University for a day of creating art and joy inspired by Saint Agnes Hospital.  Put your crayons, cameras, markers and imagination to work making art that honors, portrays and recreates this historic Raleigh landmark. The event and all activities are free and open to the public.
“This event has something for everyone. Artists will be inspired by the beauty of the Saint Agnes structure while art lovers will see artists at work and gain insight into their creative process. All in attendance will enjoy learning about the rich history of Saint Agnes Hospital,” says Linda Dallas, Saint Augustine’s Associate Professor of Visual Arts and event organizer.
The Site – Saint Agnes Hospital
Built in 1909 from stones quarried from Saint Augustine’s campus, this four-story structure was the second home of Saint Agnes Hospital (1896 -1961). Known as “The Healing Place”, Saint Agnes served the African-American community for 65 years providing both nurses training and medical care. In 1922, it was referred to as the only well-equipped hospital for Negroes between Washington D.C. and New Orleans, serving not only North Carolina but adjacent states Virginia and South Carolina. Today, the empty shell remains a beautiful edifice that reminds us of its valuable past and beckons toward a vital future.
envision Activity Schedule
6:30 am – 8:00 am
Sunrise Photography Session*
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Early Bird Artists Breakfast – with goodies donated by local bakeries
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
African American History Walking Tour
with Tom Hancock from Capital City Tours
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
I was Born at Saint Agnes Hospital Composite Photography Session
by photographer Mike Aliff. We’re calling all Saint Agnes Babies
to be included in this image.*
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
I Wish This Was… an activity inspired by artist Candy Chang. This is an opportunity for community member to express how they envision
the future of Saint Agnes.
Noon – 3:00 pm
Hands-on Kids Activities
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saint Agnes Documentary Screening & Discussion with Irene Clark and
Mike Williams with Arts Now
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Urban Sketching with Artist Scott Renk*
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Watercolor Workshop with Artist Linda Dallas
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunset Photography Session*
Curb side food will be available for purchase from event food trucks.
*Activities noted with an asterisk take place on the Saint Agnes Hospital site all other activities take place in the nearby Prezell R. Robinson Library. Both locations are on the campus of Saint Augustine’s University.
Parents and guardians should note, artists must be 18 years old to have access to the Saint Agnes site. Youth artists (between 12 – 17 years old) must be accompanied by an adult to access the Saint Agnes site.  Children 11 years old and younger are welcome to enjoy the programming and activities in the Prezell R. Robinson Library.
The Next Step – envision Saint Agnes Hospital Exhibition – sponsored by the Office of Raleigh Arts.
Artist can submit their Saint Agnes inspired artwork  for theenvision Saint Agnes Hospital Exhibition, sponsored by the Office of Raleigh Arts and scheduled for September 27 – November 10, 2017. This exhibition will be located at Block Gallery in the Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh NC 27601. The deadline for submissions is Friday August 18, 2017. Thirty percent (30%) of all exhibition sales will go toward creating a student designed public artwork that acknowledges Saint Agnes.
For more information and images, contact Linda Dallas at 919-516-4730 or