Ann Arbor Public Art Commission http://wemu.org en Debate Continues Over Ann Arbor's Public Art Program http://wemu.org/post/debate-continues-over-ann-arbors-public-art-program <p>Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program.&nbsp; Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source.&nbsp; Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:08:06 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41737 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-art-funding-clawback-closes-administrator-contract-rejected <p>The battle over the future of <a href="http://wemu.org/post/plans-change-funding-public-art-ann-arbor-move-forward">public art</a> in Ann Arbor continues, with City Council approving the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow them to return up to $840,000 to other departments.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron </span>Seagraves<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> contract was then rejected.</span></p><p>Council member Jack Eaton expects to bring the contract back up for a vote after final approval of the amendment to the public art ordinance to allow old "Percent for Art" funds to be returned.&nbsp; Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.</p><p><br />Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed.&nbsp; However she thinks a clean break needs to be made between the old program and one where the city partners with a non-profit organization.</p><p><br />Chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Bob Miller says a change would be good but it appears city council is holding public art administrator Aaron Seagraves hostage over the funding debate.<br /><br />Mayor John Hieftje is disappointed with council's vote on the administrator, and fears they may lose him even if the contract extension is approved in two weeks.</p><p><em>Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://wemu.org/post/plans-change-funding-public-art-ann-arbor-move-forward"><strong>Plans to Change Funding for Public Art in Ann Arbor Move Forward</strong></a></li><li><strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/public-input-sought-public-art-project-new-ann-arbor-rain-garden"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden</span></a></strong></li></ul><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:28:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41060 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Public Art, Edwards Brothers Property Monday http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-public-art-edwards-brothers-property-monday <p></p><p>Ann Arbor may spend nearly $13 million in the hopes of ultimately keeping a State Street property on the tax rolls.&nbsp; City Council Monday will consider a resolution to use their right of first refusal to purchase the Edwards Brothers property instead of it being sold to the University of Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>Another pair of items on the agenda will have a big impact on the future of public art in the city.&nbsp; Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow uncommitted percent for art funds return to their source.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Several council members have pushed for this move in the past, but others say the money is needed as the Public Art Commission looks to move to a new funding model relying on donations.</p><p></p><p>A six month contract extension for Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves was postponed two weeks ago and will be considered again.&nbsp; The delay was designed to have his contract considered at the same time the funding issue would be debated.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:36:30 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40951 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Public Art, Edwards Brothers Property Monday Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden http://wemu.org/post/public-input-sought-public-art-project-new-ann-arbor-rain-garden <p>Some very large, small mouth bass may be coming to a new Ann Arbor rain garden. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and artist <a href="http://www.joshuawiener.com">Joshua Wiener </a>are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:58:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32183 at http://wemu.org Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden A2 Public Art Commission Supports Ballot Issue http://wemu.org/post/a2-public-art-commission-supports-ballot-issue <p>Ann Arbor's Public Art Commission has unanimously passed a resolution in support of placing a millage issue on the November ballot specifically designed to raise money for Public Art. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:55:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 18152 at http://wemu.org A2 Public Art Commission Supports Ballot Issue