Public art is evolving.
In the past, public art may conjure up images of historic sculptures of soldiers on horseback in a park or a large, colorful mural on the side of building. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales. It can be temporary or permanent. It often interprets the history of the place, it’s people and may address social or environmental issues. Public art can include murals, sculptures, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, culinary arts, digital media, performances, and art festivals.
Public art instills meaning. It can provide Springville with a greater sense of identity and make it unique from its neighbors. It humanizes the built environment and connects the past, present, and future. It brings people together and can create opportunities of better understanding and inclusiveness.
What is Public Art and how does it benefit our community?
In addition to beautifying an area, Including Public Art into any environment plays a significant role in encouragement of lasting economic growth, creating and sustaining cultural identity and fostering a sense of belonging.
Here are 4 examples of why you should support Public Art:
1. Economic Growth
Public Art boosts local economies. Businesses supply materials and labor; restaurants, hotels and transportation companies benefit from a site and activities that attracts visitors. It provides professional opportunities for artists and cultivates an environment in which the creative class thrives.
2. Cultural Understanding and Identity
Public Art reflects a community and its surroundings. It can attract people by fostering a unique cultural identity. Artwork helps express local values and creates an elevated sense of awareness for community members and visitors.
Public Art enriches our environment and lives. It brings beauty to streetscapes, plazas, town buildings and schools. It can be a tool for civic engagement, building social capital and encouraging civil discourse. It enlivens places where people work, which can improve employee morale, productivity, and respect.
4. Sense of belonging
Art brings people together. Displaying art in public places and making it accessible to everyone inspires engagement and a feeling of belonging to a community.
Public Art is Public! Everyone has access to it. It’s directly in the public sphere and not confined to galleries or museums.
It is a great time to be talking about and planning for PUBLIC ART in Springville!
Our city is changing and growing. As part of that growth, we would like to reimagine what PUBLIC ART could mean to Springville. We are engaging in establishing a new PUBLIC ART Program that will play an invaluable role in the process of community building, connectivity, and identity. Springville’s new PUBLIC ART program will not only help establish and beautify public spaces, but it will also express and support a sense of neighborhood history, culture, and inclusiveness, foster creative community events, and help drive economic vitality.
Isn’t it exciting? If you are interested in volunteering your time, talents and/or suggestions please contact Kelly Wiltermood, Springville Public Art Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org