Visual Art

ArtsCenter: Truth + Tamales

( Mon., Jun. 3, 2019 - Fri., Jun. 28, 2019 )

ArtsCenter, 300 East Main St # G, Carrboro, NC 27510-2359


Truth + Tamales features a large-scale, collaborative, temporary public artwork built on site at The ArtsCenter by over 100 local community members and artist Mary Carter Taub in 2018 and 2019. The temporary public artwork, comprised of safety orange plastic construction fence and brightly colored vinyl ribbon, is on exhibit in the Nicholson Gallery from June 3 - 28, 2019.

Truth + Tamales is an art and social practice that strives to be a change agent for a more inclusive culture in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County. Through traditional tamale making and contemporary art making, Truth + Tamales is on a mission to strengthen relationships, build community and bridge cultural gaps by practicing a “stranger to neighbor model.” Over one year during monthly meet-ups, community members socialized, learned to cook tamales with local tamaleras, shared truths, and collectively built the public artwork on exhibit at The ArtsCenter.


On Friday, June 14th from 6-8 pm, The ArtsCenter presents an artists’ reception for the Truth + Tamales project. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 pm and a dance performance by Danza Azteca Tonantzyn de St. Thomas More at 6:45pm.




  • Monday, June 3, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019