A new public art commission; something to chalk about

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The Madison City Council has added the adoption of an ordinance establishing the creation of a seven-person Public Art Commission to a consent agenda scheduled for June 11.

 

Shellie Smitley

shellie@lakeoconeenews.us

The Madison City Council has added the adoption of an ordinance establishing the creation of a seven-person Public Art Commission to a consent agenda scheduled for June 11.

Ken Kocher, planning and development, addressed council members June 1 during a work session meeting. A study committee was formed to look at the possibility of adding public art to Madison parks.

“That committee was formed and pretty much immediately we realized ‘why are we limiting ourselves to park?’” Kocher said. “It from being a committee looking at park art to a study to create a public arts commission.”

The six study committee members looked at art programs in several communities and were especially attracted to Suwanee’s approach, Kocher said, and compared Madison committee members’ enthusiasm for bringing public art displays to Madison to that of wild horses that are ready to roll.

Which projects the commission will work on is yet to be decided. First, the commission must be formed. Council members will be looking for seven people to fill the role of commissioners. Candidates do not have to be residents of Morgan County, but can instead be involved in a business or nonprofit. The council is hoping to “tap into” the talents of members of the Artists Guild and the Cultural Center.

“I know there are some ideas brewing, but it would be a little immature for me to say anything about what might happen, because that is going to be the job of these citizens that you would appoint, should you pass this ordinance at your meeting this month,” Kocher said.

Councilman Joe Diletto expressed an interest in an artistic event in which a group of artists decorates a portion of a sidewalk.

“I have already had this idea,” Kocher said. “I think we should call it, ‘Let’s give them something to chalk about.’”

The new commission will develop a public arts master plan and a policy document. Initially, funding for the projects the commission pursues will come from sponsorships and donations. City workers will construct the needed concrete footings.

“My intent in starting this was to add another dimension to our tourist economy but also, a strong community celebrates its local artists and its arts community,” councilwoman Chris Hodges said.

 

 

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