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WHY IS PUBLIC ART IMPORTANT TO US?

Public art helps us celebrate our heritage, communicate our direction, and characterize our sense of place.

Public art can be used to activate space and invigorate our community. Thoughtfully implemented art can define Glenwood Springs and convey our spirit and energy to ourselves and our visitors.

WHY DOES GLENWOOD SPRINGS NEED A PUBLIC ART PLAN?

The Glenwood Springs Public Art Master Plan can help unite our city together through defining and projecting our signature to the region and world. Our plan will set the standard for how we begin to implement and enjoy public art while also celebrating our community’s spirit and artistic expressions.

In November 2019, the City of Glenwood Springs selected Ohio-based Designing Local to develop a comprehensive Public Art Plan for our community that will shape policies and procedures for acquiring, commissioning and placement of new art as well as preservation and restoration of historical artwork, and assessing the public art collection for gaps and opportunities.

The Public Art Plan development includes input from community stakeholders, the Arts & Culture Board, City staff, and our community members. In January 2020, community stakeholders were contacted to share their vision for public art in Glenwood Springs and a Designing Local representative toured our city to get a firsthand glimpse of our public art and feel for the culture of Glenwood Springs.

HOW CAN PUBLIC ART TRANSFORM A CITY?

Art in public places provides meaning to our public spaces, reflects the history of our city, adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods, and humanizes our built environment. Public art provides the intersection between our past, present, and future, and also has the power to transform our city because an investment in public art creates a gain in social, economic, and cultural value.

Social Value: When people see themselves reflected in their civic spaces, they have a sense of attachment that allows them to feel ownership and respect.

Economic Value: Enhancing the identity and character of Glenwood Springs through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development strategies, which can attract and retain residents.

Cultural Value: Public Art has the power to create uniqueness through the reflection of the local history and culture which gives communities a sense of place and identity.

SAMPLE PUBLIC ART

  • Artist: MADSTEEZZ

  • Example of Lighting

  • Sample of Lighting

  • Artist: Bruce Munro

  • Artist: Bruce Munro

  • Artist: Guido Van Helten

  • Artist: Jae-Hyo Lee

  • Artist: Jan Hendrix

  • Artist: Jan Hendrix

  • Artist: Jan Hendrix

  • Artist: Michael McGillis

  • Artist: Stephen Knapp

  • Artist: Stephen Knapp

  • Artist: Benjamin Lozninger

HOW WILL THIS IMPACT THE PLACEMAKING EFFORTS THROUGHOUT GLENWOOD SPRINGS?

Creative placemaking is a process that places arts at the center of shaping the character and vitality of neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions. It is an innovative approach to advancing objectives of livability and equity. Creative placemaking occurs when people from all throughout the community come together to deliberately integrate art and culture into community revitalization work- placing arts at the table with land use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.

Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Glenwood Springs is encouraged to be involved in shaping the Glenwood Springs Public Art Master Plan. Here’s how:

  1. Take the survey. Take our Community Character Survey and tell us what makes Glenwood Springs unique and special.
  2. Get creative. Think about what makes Glenwood Springs interesting, unique, a great place to visit or a great place to call home… then send us those thoughts via photos, renderings, sketches, essays, short stories, ideas, tall tales and one-liners. Just use the “Submit Image or Idea” button below.
  3. Email us. Contact us anytime using the contact method below. 
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WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN?

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many of the community engagement activities planned for May 2020 had to be restructured. Starting in mid-October through December 2020, Designing Local will gather community input through digital and paper surveys, focus groups via Zoom, educational partnerships with local schools, community webinars and more. 

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HOW TO SHARE

  1. Navigate to area in Glenwood Springs to drop a pin.
  2. Click the Green selection button in the top left corner.
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COLOR KEY

Orange: Special Stories

Yellow: Special Places

Red: Special People

Blue: Special Art Pieces

Black: Where Public Art Currently Exists

Lavender: Where Public Art Should Exist

RESOURCES

This section will include information presented at public engagement workshops and any reports the public would be interested in reviewing.

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