Cross Charlotte Trail

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2017

Client: Arts & Science Council

The 30+ mile Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT) will connect many neighborhoods as a transportation corridor and recreation trail. The Arts & Science Council commissioned Jennifer McGregor and I to work with a team their regional colleagues to develop the XCLT’s public art framework. The public art strategy positions the trail to become a new cultural venue for Pineville, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County. As it threads from the South Carolina border to Cabarrus County, this linear park will be a place to experience temporary and permanent visual art installations and a venue to present music, dance, spoken word, and other art forms. Projects will engage residents and attract visitors, encouraging people to explore and experience every mile of the trail and its adjacent communities multiple times.

San Pedro Creek Culture Park

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San Antonio, Texas
2016

Client: San Antonio River Authority (SARA)

When SARA and Bexar County sought to improve storm water management for San Pedro Creek, they chose to develop a new public amenity rather than hide this important infrastructure project. Ricardo Barreto, Jennifer McGregor, and I collaborated on the public art strategy for San Pedro Creek Culture Park.

The plan calls for a limited number of permanent installations and an ongoing series of temporary public art installations and performances. Through our process, the San Pedro Creek Culture Alliance, a group of local and regional community members and artists, was formed to collaborate with SARA and keep this park authentically San Antonio.

Carrie Brown is the first SARA curator to lead the program. Watch the progress of this new public art program here.

Lancaster Public Art

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2016

Client: City of Lancaster

It feels really great when a client calls you back for another project.  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?

The plan launched on December 2, 2016 with a fun event at the Ware Center.

The plan launched on December 2, 2016 with a fun event at the Ware Center.

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. 

The Public Art Advisory Board and volunteers created public art stations for the event, including this one to design crosswalks.

The Public Art Advisory Board and volunteers created public art stations for the event, including this one to design crosswalks.

Laramie Public Art Plan

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.

Laramie, Wyoming
2015

Client: City of Laramie

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 about the Laramie Public Art Coalition and the progress they are making developing educational programs and commissioning works of art. 

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.  

 

 

City of Charleston Public Art Plan

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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
2012

Client: City of Charleston

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.  

Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Public Art Strategy

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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.

Boston, Massachusetts
2012

Client: Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

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 under the leadership of public art curator Lucas Cowan.  Check out their website for more information and artist opportunities.  You can also read a copy of the executive summary for Connective Innovative Celebratory.