Category: Public Art

Cornerstone Call to Artists

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Action Greensboro is seeking submissions of interest and qualifications from professional artists who currently reside in the United States for the creation of the second of four major public art cornerstones to be commissioned for the Downtown Greenway in Greensboro, NC. Tradition Cornerstone (Northwest Cornerstone) The second Cornerstone to be commissioned will be the Tradition Cornerstone. It will be located on the Northwest corner of the Downtown Greenway at the corner of Prescott and West Smith Streets, Greensboro, NC, 27401—a highly visible site situated along the main corridor into Greensboro’s city center.  Northwest Greensboro was the site of a key battle and turning point of the Revolutionary War.  The theme for this Cornerstone was chosen in part to reflect that proximity.  At this location, the Greenway will also serve as an important connector to an extensive network of Greensboro Parks and Recreation greenways and facilities, including Country Park, the Natural Science Center, The Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway, and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. For more information and the formal Call to Artists, click here.  

Primary Flight Arrives in Greensboro!

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From Miami, FL, to Greensboro, NC - Primary Flight, the internationally acclaimed artist collective has arrived to spend weeks transforming the Spring Garden Street & Spring/Edgeworth overpasses on the Downtown Greenway. We welcome Michael Gran,  Chris Oh,  Raquel Raney and Peter Vahan! Check out a video of their arrival. We hope you'll take the time to meet Primary Flight while in Greensboro.  Primary Flight in Greensboro Events:   MOVIE: Beautiful Losers - Wednesday, April 25 from 7:30–9:30 pm ($5 at door) Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret - 232 South Elm Street A documentary following a collective group of DIY artists who affected the art world   LECTURE: Primary Flight - Thursday, April 26 from 7:00–8:00 pm Weatherspoon Art Museum - Corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets A traditional artist talk exploring the work of these Miami-based artists   CONVERSATION: Primary Flight - Wednesday, May 2 from 8:30–9:30 pm Elsewhere - 606 South Elm Street A sidewalk conversation with Primary Flight held in Elsewhere's front window theater, and moderated by Stephanie Sherman (Elsewhere) and Barbara Peck (Downtown Greenway)   OPENING: Sunday, May 6 from 2:00–5:00 pm, Downtown Greenway Greenway at Morehead Park (Spring Garden Street & Spring/Edgeworth overpasses) Come join us on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00–5:00 pm to see this fun piece of public art!   Special Thanks to: * Triad Stage * North Carolina Arts Council * United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro * The Sherwin Williams Company * Ironlak * Volvo Equipment Rental * Action Greensboro/The Downtown Greenway * Elsewhere * Weatherspoon Art Museum  

Public Art Consultant Jack Becker Unites Greensboro in Considering Futures for Public Art

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Greensboro is pleased to welcome Jack Becker, Director of Forecast Public Art (Minneapolis, MN), for two speaking engagements on Public Art as Civic Catalyst.  The project represents a partnership between The Public Art Endowment, The Downtown Greenway, Elsewhere, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum—an exciting collaboration of organizations working together to build public art and creative community in Greensboro. Jack Becker will discuss the complex, beneficial, and sometimes contentious role that art plays in the public realm.  Becker will also discuss the ways public art and community participation contribute significantly to the identity of a city.  He will broadly address the role of the more than 350 public art programs in the United States working at the federal, state, city, and county levels, as well as transit and aviation programs nationally.  He will also offer reflections on the scale of budget allocations that make public art possible and beneficial. Becker is the founder and Director of Forecast Public Art, a public art generator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Forecast is the publisher of Public Art Review (a public art magazine), the distributor of grants and commissions to the local Minneapolis/ St. Paul artist community, and a leading consultancy for building community interest and investment through a public process for public art. He will be at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium on Saturday, November 12 from 2:00–4:00 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Artist Call for Neighborhood Bench Project

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NEIGHBORHOOD BENCH PROJECT The Budget: The budget for the design, fabrication, and installation of this project is $5,000. A Public Art initiative has been established to integrate art into the design and construction process of the Downtown Greenway.  An artist-designed and/or fabricated bench will represent each of the 12 different neighborhoods or areas that the Greenway route travels through.  The artist will be asked to work with the community and its members to capture the essence of the neighborhood’s past, present, and/or future. This will be the third neighborhood bench to be commissioned for the Greenway.  It will be located on a section of the Greenway known as Phase 3A, and will sit on a triangular park at the intersection of Eugene and Smith Street and Battleground Avenue (area outlined in red below).  The design and fabrication of the bench will require that the artist work with representatives from Withers and Ravenel, the civil and environmental engineering firm that has been hired as a consultant for the Greenway.  The artist will also be asked to collaborate with residents from Greensboro’s Fisher Park neighborhood through a Community Meeting to incorporate concepts generated by that collaboration into the design of the bench. For more information, click here to see the full RFP.     

Get the Scoop on the Railroad Underpass Public Art Project

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In a series of public meetings held on January 25, 2011, sculptor Jim Gallucci and lighting designer Scott Richardson presented concepts for their vision of transforming an abandoned railroad underpass sited on the Downtown Greenway between West Lee Street and Spring Garden Road into a public art space. The concept is exciting, and we can't wait to see it completed!  

Preliminary Design Proposals Community Meeting: Railroad Underpass Public Art Project

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The Downtown Greenway will host a public meeting on Tuesday, January 25 from 12:00–2:00 pm and 5:00–7:00 pm to view preliminary design proposals for the railroad underpass public art project. Join us on Tuesday at the action Greensboro offices (317 South Elm Street, Downtown Greensboro).  On-street parking is available as well as in the parking lot across the street.  Both Jim Gallucci and Scott Richardson will present and discuss their proposal for The Downtown Greenway Railroad Underpass Public Art Collaboration, a public art project that involves the creative renovation of an abandoned underpass located between Spring Garden and Lee Streets along Freeman Mill Road. Click here for more information.