Art in Public Places

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For the past year, a group of Wilkinsburg residents have served on a public art steering committee to develop guidelines and procedures for art in piublic places in Wilkinsburg. This process was connected to the borough’s comprehensive plan, and involved many community meetings, learning about best practices for art and design review, seeing examples of public art projects and review bodies, and considering what methods would be ideal for Wilkinsburg.

 

The steering committee found the need for a legislative body to review art, architecture, landscape architecture, memorials and monuments for public property and commercial private property. The committee started to create the framework for the Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission. In addition to reviewing projects, the commission will seek community feedback on art and design projects, engage in research and planning efforts, and organize educational programs and materials about art and design for the community.

 

The enabling legislation for the Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission has been presented to the borough council. The legislation was authorized for advertisement on November 4 and iwas adopted on November 18. A copy of the legislation, Ordinance No. 2831, is available on the Wilkinsburg Borough Web site, http://www.wilkinsburgpa.gov.

 

Citizens who are interested in applying for a position on the 11-member commission may contact borough manager Marla Marcinkoat 412-244-2906 or mmarcinko@wilkinsburgpa.gov. Applications will be posted on the borough Web site  and will be sent to interested parties.

 

The process was led by the Office of Public Art (OPA), who was hired by the Borough of Wilkinsburg with funding from The Heinz Endowments. OPA is a partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh.

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