Last night, the first of three meetings to engage community members in determining a public art policy was held at City Hall. Consultant Elizabeth Keithline of Wheel Arts Administration has been hired to gather information and make recommendations. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – I urge everyone to attend these meetings at this critical crossroad in our changing public art policy!
Keithline asked to hear from Gloucester residents about the following questions:
- What is your vision for public art in Gloucester? What would you like to see happen here?
- Do you have any recommendations on how that vision can become a reality?
- Name and/or describe public art in Gloucester that you like or don’t like.
- Do you have any recommendations on how Gloucester can improve its public art processes?
- Do you have any specific recommendations on what a public art policy for Gloucester should contain?
Email your responses, or any information you care to share, to email@example.com. All comments are unattributed. Keithline will be conducting a public meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. She will present a second meeting for City Council on October 13th. A third meeting will be held on November 10 to present a draft of the new policy.
Made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) was established by City ordinance in 2000 to promote and celebrate Gloucester’s cultural heritage and to foster an appreciation of arts and artists in the local community. The Committee works to preserve and increase awareness of Gloucester’s WPA-era murals and other city-owned art. Additionally, the Committee develops and promotes educational programs and establishes awards and honors to recognize local artists. The committee works with other city departments to shape and implement a city-wide public art policy. The Committee advises City officials on the value of a diverse, cultural life as well as encourages art programs within public schools. (From the City of Gloucester website).