Kinston SmART Vision Plan: A Look Inside

Through a community process, SmART Kinston, in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and a partnership that includes the arts, economic development sector, local government, and private developers, chose Vicki Scuri SiteWorks to develop an artscape vision plan for downtown Kinston. After eighteen months of research, documentation, outreach, analysis, and writing we created a comprehensive ninety-eight page plan. The following images are representative pages taken from that plan. To see the full plan go to:

The plan starts by framing the discussion of Public Art by defining terms.

The plan starts with a brief history of Kinston, an introduction to SmART Kinston and Vicki Scuri SiteWorks, SmaRT Kinston’s mission and goals, and Public Art goals, background and definitions. Then are several pages documenting the City, its character, architecture, nightlife, cultural events, local art, music, parks, and farmer’s market. These pages feature several representative images and a column of descriptive text.

A large feature image surrounded by detail images document the city.

Next is the detailed documentation and analysis of the twelve areas of interest in the SmART Corridor. Each neighborhood has good precedents to be brought forward into future work and places that Public Art and Placemaking opportunities could enhance. Each neighborhood gets a page showing a map of the area and images showing its current condition. These images serve to familiarize those working with the plan to the city by illustrating the sense of place at each neighborhood. 

Each page has a map identifying the area flanked by representative images.

The following section is composed of a collection of successful Public Art and Placemaking projects. They serve as representative examples of a series of specific types of projects. Each type of project is identified with a short paragraph explaining the nature of the works that fall into this category. Then three images of exemplary works in this category are shown. The categories include: landmarks, sculpture, gateways, entry signs, stadium signs, banners, lighting as art, bridge lighting, street lighting, tree lighting, trees, planters, street furniture, hardscape, crosswalks, intersection marking, street signs, wayfinding, medallions, alleys, murals, storefront windows, temporary art, performance pop ups, gardens, path pavings, barrier fencing, play equipments, storywalks, and artistic fences.

Each category has a short description and three precedent images.

After meeting with the stakeholders and the community, the identified neighborhoods were prioritized. The Queen Street corridor emerged as the most important area to receive immediate treatment. This is informed strongly by the Queen Street Streetscape project already in process. The following pages include a visual summary of the feedback we received during the community engagement process.

Community feedback displayed in a graphic layout for quick reference.

As a part of the Queen Steet corridor analysis, we presented possible Public Art options with a schematic model of the streetscape. We identified locations for murals, storefront window art, trees, planters, benches, intersection marking, street signs, information signs, banners, and entry markers. We established a general set of improvements and focused on three key areas in detail: Kinston Music Park, the intersection of Queen and King Streets, and the Kinston Arts Center.

A written and visual synopsis of the proposed improvements.

For the stretches of the streetscape between the key detailed areas, we showed a bird’s eye view of the city to demonstrate the overall intent of the plan. These images show the general set of improvements applied throughout the corridor.

The streetscape was constructed as a visual diagram to show the conceptual intent.

The second part of the opportunities analysis addresses the remaining neighborhoods, each with their own page showing a diagrammatic map of the proposed treatments, annotated with images demonstrating the existing opportunities or applicable solutions. 

The area map is coded and includes visual references.

The plan finishes with a summary and a conclusion, including steps for going forward, including how to implement the plan and directions on how this plan interacts with the city’s other planning documents.

Team Credits:

Vicki Scuri SiteWorks

Alexandr Polzin


SmART Kinston

City of Kinston