Communities across our nation are leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. These efforts are defined in the process of Creative Placemaking:
In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of an area around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired.
The Appearance Commission is interested in facilitating public art initiatives for placemaking. Potential canvases surround us and can be found in the most overlooked elements that shape our public realm. The most obvious are blank walls for murals; but also consider elements such as dumpsters, sewer lids, sidewalks, streets, open areas, parking lots and darkness. This list goes on and on. Many public art initiatives are painted; but again, consider other projects such as sculptures, creative lighting, vegetation art, furniture, land formation and live performance. The Appearance Commission is not advocating that you take on a public art project without permission (often referred to as 'graffiti') but is inviting you to bring your ideas forward for review; so that partnerships can be formed to transform ideas into an awesome place to live. So, look around Lexington and let us all work together to liven up our landscape.
The images on this page represent various forms of community art. To present an idea to the Appearance Commission, please contact Wendy Payne.
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