The walkway between East Main Street and the city parking garage and OSF Theaters, dubbed the Theatre Corridor, was identified and recommended by the ad hoc Downtown Beautification Committee as a space that needed improvements. The Council approved the recommendation of the committee and requested the Public Art Commission oversee the project. Following is a history of that project that began in September, 2014.
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July 31 and August 1
The Public Art Commission is looking forward to hosting two public presentations by Theater Corridor public art project artist, Gordon Huether. The first presentation will be an open community meeting scheduled for July 31 at 6:00 in the Council Chambers. Gordon will talk about the two concepts that he has developed to meet the Project Intent as outlined in the project RFQ. The second presentation by Gordon will be to the City Council at your Business Meeting on August 1.
Questions to solicit public input to inform the artist about the project were included in the January City Source, Open City Hall, at the Library and in the letter to the editor noted above. 102 responses were received and provided to the artist.
Posters inviting the community to “Meet the Artist” at a presentation by Gordon Huether held on February 24 were displayed throughout the city including at the Library, at both ends of the Theater Corridor, at City Hall, at The Grove and at the Nature Center.
A special Public Art Commission meeting was scheduled and publicly noticed for April 19 at which the artist presented his two draft concepts to the Commission, a requirement in the RFQ as noted above.
During June and continuing into July, the PAC has been publicizing the community presentation scheduled for July 31 via the media, the City website, the City Source, in emails to City Commissions, display posters and more.
Next steps: The artist will visit Ashland in February to meet with the Public Art Commission, view the space and participate in a meeting with citizens. The PAC invites community members to complete a short questionnaire to help inform the artist about downtown Ashland and the walkway. Click here to complete the questionnaire.
In September, 2017, the artist will present two concepts to the community and to the selection panel. The selection panel is independent from the Public Art Commission. Their recommendation will be provided to the City Council as well as the second concept. The City Council will make the final decision on which concept the artist will fabricate and install.
October – November 2016
The Public Art Commission received 28 responses to the Call for Artist/Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and devoted five public meetings and countless hours evaluating each submissions and narrowing the list to four artists with strong public art experience.
The four remaining artists were interviewed via phone during two public meetings and PAC members contacted the references provided by the artists. Based on the artists’ experience, aesthetics, phone interview and references, Gordon Huether was selected to design the project.
The Public Art Commission published the Call for Artist/RFQ inviting artists to submit their qualifications for consideration for the Theater Corridor Public Art Project. The RFQ was posted on the City of Ashland website and sent to art organizations and artists throughout the western United States. Click here to read the Call for Artist/RFQ.
The budget for this project is $110,000 using funds generated by the transient occupancy tax (hotel/motel tax).
The City Council approved the recommendations of ad hoc Downtown Beautification Committee. The walkway leading from East Main Street to the city parking garage and OSF theaters was one of a number of beautification recommendations. The intent of the project is to enhance the barren pedestrian corridor and transform it into a lighted artful walking experience.