Public Art Master Plan
In 2012, the Alexandria City Council adopted a policy to grow the City’s public art into an inspired and engaging program that reflects the City’s unique history, people, cultural identity, and future aspirations. To support this growth, the City has commissioned the development of a Public Art Master Plan.
The Public Art Master Plan will be a comprehensive, community-based plan that outlines a vision, goals and objectives for the public art program in Alexandria. The Plan will set priorities for the location and funding of projects; provide a framework for the shared financial and professional resources needed; and define the procedures for decision-making and oversight needed for public art projects to be successful.
To learn more about the public art master plan process and the strategies for community engagement, click here.
artists and arts professionals are invited to attend a Public Art Master Plan
Roundtable on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 9 – 10 am. The meeting will be held at the Target
Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
of Alexandria Office of the Arts is working with the team of Todd Bressi with
Via: Partnership and Lardner – Klein Landscape Architects in developing a
city-wide public art master plan. This
is the first in a series of focused roundtables used to gather information and
opinions that will inform the consultants’ understanding of the nature of the
community, public space and community arts, as well as the character and use of
valued community spaces, in Alexandria. Artists
working in the visual and performing arts, along with writers, gallery owners, designers,
and curators are encouraged to attend.
unable to attend the meeting can send written comments to the Department of
Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Diane Ruggiero, 1108
Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mail email@example.com.
of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and
the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or
to request materials in an alternative format, contact Diane Ruggiero at
703.746.5590 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your responses will help us to better understand your thoughts on public art, where public art would have a strong impact in Alexandria and how projects can create a sense of community, pride and engagement. The results will be shared with our consulting team and will help shape the recommendations in the Alexandria Public Art Master Plan, to be completed in 2014. It should take you only ten to fifteen minutes to complete.
To take the online survey, click here.
Public Art in Alexandria
Public art is permanent or temporary works of art that have been planned in collaboration with the community and executed by artists with the specific intention of existing in the public realm, accessible to all.
The City of Alexandria uses the Public Art Archive to catalog and share its collection. Created by the Western States Arts Federation (WeStAF), the Public Art Archive is a free, searchable, and cross referenced online platform that catalogs public art collections from all over the country. The database includes all of the information related to a work of public art including images, video, and mapping.
For Alexandria's collection, click here.
Public Art Policies
There are numerous policies and procedures that guide the aspriations and administration of the city's public art program.
Public Art Condition Assessment
The Office of the Arts hired Conservation Solutions to evaluate 18 city-owned works of art. The works of art include sculptures, murals, plaques, fountains, gardens/landscapes, community art projects, and other objects, including historic works.
The evaluation was conducted between May 23 and June 11, 2013. All works were assessed from ground level without additional access (scaffolding, man-lift, etc.). The report was received in August, 2013 and shared with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Public Art Committee.
The report outlines the current condition of each work and includes photos documenting the condition, a condition description, condition determination (excellent, good, fair, poor, deteriorated), treatment recommendations, and the overall priority for treatment within the collection (low, medium, high) for each artwork.
The Office of the Arts will use the conservation assessment to develop a multi-year public art maintenance plan and budget. Updates and/or changes to the maintenance plan will be shared with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Public Art Committee.
To view the report, click here.