“Richmond storm drains painted for art project”

I LOVE it when communities use utilitarian objects as a blank canvas for public art.  Good stuff.

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Richmond is bringing color to its storm drains as part of the “RVA H2O Storm Drain Art Project.”

On Tuesday, project leaders, artists and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney led tours showcasing the drains in Carytown.

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Cleveland’s move to the front lines of contemporary art

"Judy's  Hand  Pavilion," 2018, by Tony Tasset

There is a reason why New York is the city for art. It has more galleries — over a thousand — than any other city around the world. It has more art museums and institutions and more art fairs. Among the top-ranked international art cities, Miami and Los Angeles aren’t very far behind.

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“Two new Silver City public art installations reflect neighborhood pride”

I love public art that reflects the community where it is displayed.

 

Behind the bus stop on 35th Street and National Avenue, there used to be a patch of littered grass and a crooked line of dull gray and faded blue utility boxes. The corner of 37th Street and Pierce Street was barren except for a bulletin board and a stop sign.

After a project three years in the making, new public art installations have been unveiled at the two locations in Silver City.

The unveiling, celebrated with a community party on Thursday, marked the completion of a collaborative project between Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) and the Silver City Organizational Committee.

Community members and project leaders decided art was the best way of attracting people to local businesses, slowing down traffic and building neighborhood identity, said Celia Benton, LBWN economic development manager.

“It’s the whole idea that a picture can say a thousand words,” Benton said. “It’s a great way to reflect neighborhood pride and there’s so much to be proud of.”

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A community approach to art; over 200 participate in Mankato’s Old Town community mural

Thanks to an artist, a business owner and 250 strangers, an alley wall in Mankato’s Old Town has a splash of color.

The colorful mural on the side of Bellissimo Paint and Coatings, 417 North Riverfront Drive, features a series of mandalas designed by St. Peter artist Michael Cimino, and painted with the help of Bellissimo co-owner Justin Ek and his staff, with plenty of room for whoever wanted to fill in the gaps with paint donated by neighboring business Diamond Vogel.

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“Boston Mayor Requests Proposals For Boston Marathon Memorial”

The RFP is open to all arts consultants, artists, architects, landscape architects, historians, scholars or teams with experience in project management, meeting facilitation, design competitions, community engagement, media and marketing campaigns, and museum exhibit design. Experience with public art and those with a background in trauma are encouraged to apply.

The RFP is available here. All questions regarding the RFP are due to the city by April 27. Deadline to submit proposals is June 4. The consultant will be selected in June.