City considering commissioning public art to prevent graffiti
January 4, 2021 7:16am
Sarnia is considering commissioning public art as a way to prevent graffiti.
General Manager of Community Services Stacey Forfar said it’s one of many ideas included in the development of a graffiti management policy.
“We traditionally would allow things like new skate parks to become involved,” said Forfar. “You’d pull in schools, you’d pull in art groups to help celebrate those areas and make them fun for that youth group.”
Forfar said utility infrastructure is often targeted, but there are currently no service agreements in place with providers to define how graffiti is addressed.
She said other communities have been creative.
“You can have art commissioned by the community, and then you can have them wrapped, so when you’re downtown you’re looking at things like transit signal boxes and other things. Typically when they’ve been wrapped and protected with public art features, often times, they are not hit or tagged in any way.”
The draft policy, and costs associated with its implementation, will be presented to council for consideration at its February 8, 2021 meeting.
‘When We Gather’ Collaborative Art Project To Celebrate Historic Inauguration Of Kamala Harris – Forbes
When We Gather is a multi-faceted art project celebrating the history making inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris, directed by Codie Elaine Oliver (Black Love, OWN Network) and performed by renowned artists María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Okwui Okpokwasili, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dell Marie Hamilton, Jana Harper, Lisa E. Harris and Samita Sinha. The performers have developed a three-minute art film to inspire reflection and celebration on this momentous day in United States history. “When We Gather offers an empowering moment to heal and unite the country through creative energy,” says Campos-Pons, who envisioned the project and brought the artists together. “The circle shows us how we can remain connected even while we are separated due to this pandemic or due to the state of the nation. All of these factors have informed the collaborative choreography and spoken word of this global collective experience.”
Due to the pandemic limitations, performances have been woven together from the performers’ respective locations in Brooklyn, Nashville and Houston. The film stirs up feelings of relief and solidarity through imaginative work, in a time of great divide in the United States. It is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard. The soundscape incorporates both lyrics and a poem written by Diggs for the project and features choreographed movements and gestures from diverse traditions.
The film will be followed by When We Gather: Together, a behind-the-scenes interactive program. It will feature a conversation about the film, interviews with those involved in it, and additional performances. This special program is co-produced and hosted by Dr. Nikki A. Greene, a professor of art history at Wellesley College. When We Gather is produced by an all-female identifying team of artists, scholars and producers. It is a collaborative artwork produced by Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco and Creative Time, a public arts non-profit based in New York.
“When We Gather arrives at an inflection point—serving as both a moment of reflection and a galvanizing call to envision, and enact, a better tomorrow. At this historic moment, the work speaks to the elemental role that women have played in the progress of this nation,” says Justine Ludwig, Executive Director of Creative Time.
Everyone can participate in When We Gather by tuning into the online broadcast at www.whenwegather.art on January 20 at 7 pm EST. The film and When We Gather: Together will be available at www.whenwegather.art and streamed free worldwide from January 20 through February 15, 2021. The film and special will be screened at locations across the country on select dates thereafter.
Artists sought for Five Corners public art project in downtown Chilliwack – BCLocalNews
The City of Chilliwack is looking for artists to submit their ideas for a new piece of public art to be installed at Five Corners.
The city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Five Corners Public Art Project on Jan. 11. The future artwork will be situated outside the front entrance of 46115 Yale Rd., located at the northeast corner of the intersection.
“The successful proponent will create and install public art that will add value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of the downtown core of Chilliwack,” reads the RFP document.
The proposed public art must:
• Fit in a footprint of 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres
• Be no more than 3 metres high
• Must be able to be illuminated
• Installation must be able to stand up to graffiti, natural elements
• Footprint must be secured to ensure the piece’s integrity and public safety
• Not impede traffic (ie must not be reflective)
“The goal of the Five Corners Public Art Installation is to increase foot traffic on the street, animate Chilliwack’s historic downtown and draw attention to Chilliwack as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.”
There will be a mandatory virtual site meeting through Zoom on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. Proposals will not be accepted by the city from proponents who do not attend the meeting. (Link to Zoom meeting at end of story.)
Proposals can be submitted electronically (preferred) or as a hard copy. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.Submissions must include a technical proposal and a financial proposal. Electronic submissions are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; hard copy proposals are to be delivered to:
RFP – “Five Corners Public Art”
City of Chilliwack
8550 Young Rd.
Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 8A4
CONFIDENTIAL – DO NOT OPEN
The successful proponent will be notified within 30 days of the Feb. 17 closing date.
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Public invited to take part in Black History Month art project – Chatham Daily News
The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace will celebrate Black History Month this February by inviting the community to contribute to an artwork project.
For centuries, people of African descent have confronted and continue to confront prejudice and inequity, the gallery stated, with systemic barriers still preventing full and equal participation in society.
“Almost nine months after George Floyd’s death, the rise of Black Lives Matter, and C-K’s own peaceful march down King Street, we want to keep carrying it forward,” said gallery curator Phil Vanderwall in a release.
“Creativity can help us to confront and overcome our challenges. Art can help us create the world we want to live in and what better way to focus our energies than to join together as a community and participate in a positive vision for 2021?”
“Celebrating Black Lives” is the theme of this digitally based installation. Anyone who wishes to participate can complete a work of art on the theme in any media. Feel free to paint, draw, design, or write.
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