What's your dream

These public art projects always seem to come out more interesting and more valuable than they seem from the description. This one is especially vague as a dream could be anything from a hope for the future to a psycheledic fantasy. It will certainly be interesting!


Submissions for the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission's Community Art Project – DREAM – are due March 18 and 19 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Chapel Hill Museum.

What do you dream? The dream exhibition, which will be on view in public places throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro from April 7 to May 27, will be a peek into the dreams of our community. Take this opportunity to let us know what's on your mind. We invite you to explore, remember, imagine, express and dream. To be a part of this community-wide exhibition the CHPAC is asking everyone who lives/works/plays in Chapel Hill and Carrboro to create an artwork that expresses your dream. Any definition of "dream" is acceptable--be creative!
Sweet dreams - Nightmares - Goals - Premonitions - Recurring dreams - Desires - Visions - Daydreams - Fantasies - Aspirations

How to enter: Artwork can be created in any medium, should be no larger than 24 x 36 inches, and must be framed and/or ready to hang on a wall. Artwork should be delivered from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19 to The Chapel Hill Museum, 523 East Franklin Street (corner of Franklin and Boundary Streets). For a copy of the entry form or more information please visit www.communityartproject.org. Anyone can participate!

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Also… The good folks at WXYC (89.3FM or wxyc.org) are producing a radio show in conjunction with this project that will air on March 17 from 9pm to midnight. At this time they are collecting material for their show. Now through March 17 you are invited to Call the Dream Line (919-933-4307) and leave a recording about your dreams – any dreams! (No last names please)

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For more information about the project please visit www.communityartproject.org, or contact the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission by calling 919.968.2888, x377 or emailing info@chapelhillarts.org.



In todays CHN, the DJ from WXYC who is doing the radio show on dreams said the most common response he's received been "I don't remember my dreams"

Some people don't care that they don't remember their dreams, or they believe--falsely--that they simply do not dream. But anyone who would like to remember more of what they dream can take the following approach:

The critical moment is the first instant when you wake up. You must immediately pay attention to whatever is the last thing you recall happening just before you became aware that you were awake. Whatever memory you can capture, grab it, and then try to remember what led up to that moment. Don't move, don't do anything except focus back on whatever you can recall happening in your dreaming.

It is very helpful to keep a notebook and pen by your bedside, with the intention to write down everything you can remember each morning, as soon as you have gone as far as you can with remembering the dream(s). Make an entry every morning, even if all you have to write down is "I remember nothing". The key is to develop a routine where the remembering of dream experience becomes the first task of every new day. You want to develop the habit of waking up with your attention focused backwards on nocturnal events rather than forwards toward the waking world.

If you do this it is almost certain that your dream recall will soon improve dramatically.

When I came to Duke as a psychology grad student in the early 70's my primary research was on dreaming. We had a sleep lab in the Psych building where subjects slept while we monitored them electrophysiologically, and they were awakened and interviewed when the brain pattern indicated they were actively dreaming. We almost always got very detailed reports of dream experiences. The dreams are there every night--you just have to go after them.

Once you've captured your dreaming the really interesting part begins, which is figuring out what it's telling you.

Steve Henry Herman, PhD
Chapel Hill


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