SAVE THE DATE: ARTISTS INPUT FORUM ON PUBLIC ART, TUESDAY AUGUST 8
August 8, 5:30-7pm
Augusta Richmond County Municipal Building , Linda Beazley Room
Facilitator: Will Hatcher, PhD
The Greater Augusta Arts Council will host a community input session on public art Tuesday, August 8, for local Augusta artists to share their thoughts on future public art projects and community involvement. The forum will take place in the Linda Beazley Conference room at the Augusta Richmond County Municipal Building, 5:30-7, with a networking reception to follow.
Public Art is an important part of our city, and we are working to bring even more public work to you, the Augusta community. In early 2012, the Greater Augusta Arts Council was named as the Public Arts Agency for the City of Augusta, and our goal is to establish a program of high quality public art in the local area.
Why Public Art?
Wherever it is located, public art creates community. Public art can add value and positivity to neighborhoods, it can bring a smile to someone’s face in an unexpected part of town, and it boosts people’s health, happiness, and well-being. Art enhances communal spaces like parks, pedestrian thoroughfares, public buildings, and wherever people gather. Sculptures, murals, and other art installations also strengthen a sense of identity in the community. Public art can honor an area’s history, but at the same time, encourage us to look at a brighter future for our city.
We want to know more about the public art YOU want to see, as well. Coming in August, we will host a public forum for input on future public art projects. In the meantime, please contact us if you have questions, comments, or want to get involved with public art in Augusta. Email Project Manager Pax Bobrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Art Master Plan
In 2016, the Greater Augusta Arts Council hired Convention, Sports and Leisure International to write a Public Art Master Plan. After a year of surveying the public to get input and meeting with city leaders, community stakeholders, artists and every day citizens – we are ready to share it with Augusta! The Public Art Master Plan for Augusta lays out our public art goals to bring art to all corners of Augusta in the upcoming years. Convention, Sports and Leisure International employed their expert knowledge of city planning, destination development, and tourism marketing to formulate a list of recommendations for Augusta to highlight our unique community and love for the arts. Plans include Sculpture Trails, a new festival for public art in Augusta, and more.
Calls for Artists: Public Art
Art the Box – Gould’s Corner, Deadline August 17
In 2015, the City of Augusta commissioned the painting of 23 traffic boxes around Richmond County to begin the Arts Council’s “Art the Box” Program. Now, To beautify the Summerville area and the historic Gould’s Corner, the City of Augusta will now commission the painting of one additional TSCC that will celebrate the history of Gould’s Corner and the natural flora surrounding it. It will be located on Milledge Road near the corner of Walton Way.
Artists should propose ideas involving the history of Summerville, Gould’s Corner, Artemis Gould, and/or Yellow Deciduous Magnolias, and keep the palette in harmony with the area surrounding the TSCC. A qualified Selection Committee, including local historians, residents, artists and arts professionals will judge entries for this commission.
View the full details of the Call for Artists for the Gould’s Corner Traffic Box at the button below
Art Cart Prototype – DEADLINE EXTENDED, AUGUST 17
The City of Augusta, the Downtown Development Authority and the Greater Augusta Arts Council, in collaboration with Textron Specialized Vehicles, have commissioned a prototype public art installation for the downtown area. The piece, crafted from the chassis of a golf car, will serve as a shaded public seating bench and a bicycle rack, and the surfaces of the chassis will feature the artwork of a local artist. It will also feature a way finding map of downtown Augusta and a charging station for handheld devices with energy provided by solar panels on the roof.
THE DEADLINE FOR THE ART CART DESIGN HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 17. Complete application packet and mockup templates can be downloaded by clicking the button below.
Art the Box
“Art the Box” began in May 2015 with 23 boxes painted by 19 local artists. Traffic Signal Control Cabinets all over the city were given an artistic update in a whole range of styles. The City of Augusta continues to commission further boxes to be painted by local artists. View a map of the existing art boxes and learn more about the project below.
Taken a picture recently with the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown statue in downtown Augusta, Georgia? The James Brown “Text Cam” was developed by members of the Clubhou.se and lives on the Arts Council website. You’ll find your photos at this link!