I was delighted at the positive response to the new bench below the Millennium Tree at the Garfield Community Center. Now that it’s gone, here’s an opportunity for YOU to help create more public art in the Central District:
The CD Public Art Project has been awarded a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Program. No art has been chosen yet. Sample ideas are information kiosks, banners and publicly placed art, like the bench and the Tree. The field is wide open at this point. Location: we’re starting with the Squire Park neighborhood and hope to go CD-wide.
A planning effort is the first step, including but not limited to outreach, recruiting, and gathering ideas. WE NEED YOUR ART IDEAS! We need your OUTREACH. We need you to spread the word to your community association, block watch, church, knitting group, book club, wine-tasting pod, friends and neighbors. You get the idea.
The art is intended to reflect the pride, history and character of the CD, so we really want and need your participation. If you know someone who knows the history of the CD, the further back the better, please invite them. Let us know if we need to give them a ride to the meetings.
This is a matching fund grant, so your time will count for dollars. The 2011 Garden Tour will raise money and hours, too. Stay tuned for a link to our web page.
Information: Please come to the free Fall Plant Exchange on Saturday, Sept. 25, 10am-2pm at 20th & E Union in the Copymaster parking lot. Bring or take plants and get information on the CD Public Art Project.
Come to the first meeting on Monday, Sept. 27, 7pm at the Lutheran Church at 22nd & E Union. Subsequent meetings will be every fourth Monday, same time, same place. Please pass it on.
The Jackson Place CC is discussing a potential temporary public art project on an empty lot on Jackson St. No funding has been identified but a property owner has expressed interest in doing something like The Corner art project on 23rd and Union. Please give me a call or come to the JPCC meeting on Monday at 7 PM at the Hiawatha Artists Lofts community room.
Please oh please let the art not incorporate cute designs from local (or other) children. It would be fabulous to have some classy retro piece celebrating early civil rights roots here in the CD.
Hello CD ART Project,
My name is Arland Hurd and I have got a Health and Human Development Garden project started at the base of Livasso Park. As you may or many not know Dr Livasso was a medical General practitioner who practiced medicine locally for thirty years here in the Central District. With the help of the neighbors here at the base of the park, we have set up a growing garden that has already produced vegetable for many involved. Still to be put into action is a mural on a wall directly east of the garden that has been donated by Dr. Brooks and Seattle Vocational Institute. If you could merge with this project, we could revitalize a piece of the CD’s history with a flair for the future.
I will see you at the meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 360-480-1629 or through E-mail [email protected]