1971: Free Installation


1971 is the inaugural outdoor art installation hosted by Carolina Performing Arts, which features large-scale projections paying homage to women who have blazed a trail in the work for voting rights in our state.

CPA is humbled to honor Mae McLendon, Mary Jones Phillips, and Diane Robertson, who have all demonstrated deep dedication to social justice issues.

The installation is named in recognition of the year that the 19th Amendment—which opened the door for many, but not all, women in the US to vote—was ratified in North Carolina, more than 50 years after it was ratified in the US.

Part of acclaimed Australian projection artist Craig Walsh’s Monuments series, the women featured in 1971 were chosen by a curatorial panel representing the Carolina Women’s Center, Southern Oral History Program, and the Chapel Hill Public Library.