We Won!

Walnut Cove is the site of a National Creative Placemaking Fund Project, which is sponsored by ArtPlace America. Together we can come up with creative solutions to address coal ash, 20 million tons of which sits in the Belews Creek community.

JANUARY 1ST, 2018 – JUNE 30TH, 2020

What to Expect


Demonstrate the technology of the NC State A&T University Coal Ash Encapsulation Process in order to promote the building of a pilot plant at Belews Creek with the goal of eliminating the burial of new production coal ash

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Create public art made out of coal ash installed in Walnut Cove with accompanying art throughout Southeastern Stokes County
Quarterly Community Building Workshops featuring Oral History, Visual Arts, Spirituals, Public Health, Environmental Justice, Renewable Energy

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Support impacted residents and the broader community through sharing about the health impacts of coal ash, what it’s like living on bottled water, and to share their on stories in their own words.

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For more information, visit The Lilies Project


Turning Coal Ash into Public Art,” by Keri Brown, 88.5 WFDD, December 8, 2017. 
The human faces of climate change,” by Lauryn Higgins, Salon.com, November 29, 2017. 
Making Art for the Masses,” The State of Things By Charlie Shelton & Frank Stasio, WUNC 91.5 • August 15, 2017.
Art project is finalist for ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund,” The Stokes News, June 19, 2017.
Persistence: The Power of People and Prayer,” by Dayna Reggero, The Story We Want: a five-part series: North Carolina, The Climate Listening Project, March 2017.

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