The San Antonio River Authority is working with Bexar County to improve storm water management for San Pedro Creek. Instead of hiding this infrastructure project, it is a new public amenity. Ricardo Barreto, Jennifer McGregor, and I collaborated on the public art strategy for a new park along San Pedro Creek. The plan calls for a limited number of permanent installations, places that focus on the history of this important place, and an ongoing series of temporary public art installations and performances. The new San Pedro Creek Culture Alliance, a group of local and regional community members and artists, were formed to collaborate with SARA and keep this place authentically San Antonio. Carrie Brown became the first SARA curator to lead the program. Watch the progress of this new public art program here.
It feels really great when a client calls you back for another gig. I had the pleasure of working with the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in 2008 to write a public art strategy for Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Last year, the City of Lancaster asked me to come back to help them develop a ten year public art plan. They had accomplished more than 80% of the strategy. Who could say no?
Jennifer McGregor and I collaborated on the Lancaster Public Art plan. Over 300 people participated in community meetings, a survey, and brainstorms about the right direction for public art in this historic city with a vibrant arts community.
You can read the plan here.
Me, Jennifer, and Meg having a meeting at one of our "offices" in Downtown, Laramie.
Hundreds of people participated in our meetings, pop up workshops, and survey. Their feedback, ideas, and participation have inspired the plan.
I loved the opportunity to work on a public art plan in Wyoming, especially with Jennifer McGregor and Meg Thompson. What great collaborators! We created a community focused plan that will help guide any entity in Laramie seeking to develop a public art project or initiative. You can download a copy of the plan here.
It is so rewarding to see a plan document actually be put into practice. Visit laramiepublicart.org to learn more about what the community is currently working on.
A big shout out to all of the members of the public art committee who contributed many hours of their time to guide the process.
If you like the way the plan looks, check out Little Kelpie.
Jim Gwinner of McKay Lodge inspecting Lincoln Walks at Night on the state capitol grounds. The glamorous work of public art conservation!
Charleston, West Virginia
City of Charleston received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete a series of ambitious public art activities: develop a collections management system, complete a conservation assessment of the community's public art collection, create a public art plan, and print a guidebook. I worked with a fantastic, local working group and McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc. to make it happen.
One of the first projects to be implemented through our strategy was this 2012 mural by Os Gemeos. The bold work had a very positive impact, raising the bar for public art in Boston. Read more in the Boston Globe.
In 2013, the site changed to host Remanence: Salt and Light (Part II) by Mathew Ritchie. This site, and the great work of the Greenway, made me fall in love with temporary murals.
2012, Boston, Massachusetts
Jennifer McGregor and I collaborated on a public art strategy for Boston's new Greenway, the park that replaces the elevated highway that divided the waterfront from the city. The five-year strategy focuses on temporary projects rather than permanent works, enabling the art experience in the park to remain contemporary and visible.
The Conservancy is moving ahead with implementation. Check out their website for more information and artist opportunities. You can also read a copy of the executive summary for Connective Innovative Celebratory.