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Dare Coulter

You can’t spell heart without art, and Dare Coulter has worked to create a career that focuses
around heart-felt presentations of the human experience, life, joy, and resilience. Dare is an
award-winning professional sculptor, artist, muralist, and illustrator. She has illustrated nine
children’s books including Kwame Alexander’s An American Story.
Dare creates imagery that reflects the fullness and vibrancy of the black cultural experience, and
she focuses primarily on depictions of black people and families.

Her most recent notable work includes a commissioned painting of Nina Simone for the National
Trust for Historic Preservation that was used to raise funds to restore Nina Simone’s childhood
home, and a 200-foot mural in Greensboro honoring oft-unmentioned black cowboys. Dare
served as the city of Raleigh’s first ever artist-in-residence in conjunction with its Bus Rapid Transit
program. While Dare is pursuing her dream of creating monumental sculptures to black joy all
over the world, she is having a great time visiting schools and painting murals, and sharing her
passion for art with the world.