Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gainsboro Library Art Proposal – Downtown Art District

Sandstone Art Figures for Gainsboro Library

Sandstone Art Figures for Gainsboro Library

The funds have already been appropriated for the child friendly art planned for the Gainsboro Library. The pieces should be in by October 31st. The cost for the pieces would be paid for with funds that the  city put aside for the loaned art throughout the city. Council approved 1% of the General Fund for public art. Councilman Rupert Cutler recalled that the city “would we have an opportunity to buy one or two” of the public art pieces around the city? Susan Jennings, Public Arts Coordinator said they have narrowed the pieces down to three for possible purchase with the funds available. The three include the one behind the Hotel Roanoke Recoil, the Rainbow Children piece at the Jackson Library, and  Astroterra at the Williamson Road Library. Cutler said, “I like the pelican.”

The pelican called “Second Chances” is located at Fire Station No. 7. The pelican is not holding up too well said Jennings. The most expensive is Recoil which will cost $40,000. Another piece that has been damaged is Comma behind the City Market building.

The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge is starting a project in conjunction with the Police Department (Tim Jones) for at-risk children. It would be a summer arts project to paint a mural for the inside wall of the parking garage. The Police Department will look for kids that have been “tagging and on the edge of getting in trouble,” said Jennings

DOWNTOWN ART DISTRICT

Pelican "Second Chances" at Fire Station No. 7

Pelican "Second Chances" at Fire Station No. 7

During the regular City Council meeting Councilman Dave Trinkle and Rupert Cutler proposed a Downtown Arts District.  Burcham cautioned that, “defining the district would be tricky.”

Within the district admission taxes would be forgiven. Throughout the city the art venues produce $122,000 in taxes. Burcham said there would be no way to define the financial impact until the district boundaries were defined. In any case it would be a financial impact of a portion of the $122,000 in admissions tax the city now collects.

Susan Jennings, Public Arts Coordinator said they looked at other cities like Baltimore, Maryland. An example with no tax incentive was Harrisburg, Virginia. Council will discuss it further at work sessions.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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