Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program. A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on cuts to Ann Arbor's Public Art program.
A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves contract was then rejected.
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. Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.
Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed. 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.
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.
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.
Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:
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 Joshua Wiener are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.
The Public Art Ordinance in Ann Arbor has been revised, and the result is elimination of the "Percent for Art" mechanism of arts funding. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night approved amendments to the ordinance that favors consideration of public art projects on a case-by-case basis in Capitol Projects.
The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authory has awarded a five-thousand dollar grant that will provide stipends for young, local artists to create murals on the western edge of the city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.
With a proposed millage to fund public art on the November ballot in Ann Arbor, Thursday's Concentrate Media speaker series focused on the overall topic of art in public place. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
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.