Thursday, November 8, 2007
Public Art – Breaking News!
The Nampa City Council voted Monday, November 5, 2007 to establish a volunteer arts commission. Seven members will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. Part of the charge to the commission is to establish guidelines. Rhea Allen is quoted in the Idaho Press Tribune as saying the focus will be public art, which Nampa needs. The new library building will have numerous opportunities for public art, and the new commission will be a wonderful partner in commissioning or selecting artwork. It will be an asset when we prepare grant applications and fundraising opportunities. Public art consists of more than statues and murals; it can include beautiful donor recognition walls, functional yet creative bike racks, window designs, or children’s furnishings. Our spring 2007 contest resulted in several ideas for reading tree houses, alphabet chairs, and castle spaces from our own Nampa youth.