City of Princeton Public Arts Commission met April 17
City of Princeton Public Arts Commission met April 17.
Here is the minutes as provided by the commission:
The meeting called to order by Rick Brooks.
Members present: Marcie Jaggers, Cyndi Olson, Dana Collins, Karen Kling, Sallee Zearing, Jack Olson, Chris Coughlin, Chuck Major. Representing the City: Pete Nelson
As this was the first meeting of the commission, no minutes of previous meetings were presented and no old business was conducted. Commission members introduced themselves.
New business: Convenor Rick Brooks handed out copies of the official ordinance, provided background on how public arts commissions work in other communities, and reviewed the purpose and functions of similar commissions. He also shared photos and illustrations from cities and towns around the world. Chris Coughlin described the role of NCI ARTworks in the region, and how the Silo Pathways mural project has generated experience and expertise relevant to Princeton.
Noting the interrelationships among city commissions, local and regional economic development, tourism, community groups and cultural organizations, he described a variety of art forms, activities, and locations, that could fall under the purview of the commission, including:
• Murals (permanent and temporary, posters, chalk drawings on streets, sidewalks, parking lots)
• Historical “ghost signs” that are now fading and could use updating
• Mosaics (on walls, in gardens, fences, tables and benches)
• Decorated utility boxes and fire hydrants
• Sculptures, statues
• Landscaping—paving, retaining walls, gardens, earth works, labyrinths, archways and fountains
• “Yarn bombing”
• Outdoor performance art—theater, music dance
• Signage—way finding (e.g. directions to tourism sites, bike paths)
• Bike racks, kiosks
• Establishing priorities, guidelines and criteria, processes, issues and resources for public art
• Identifying and prioritizing potential locations and projects
• Developing a plan and timeline
• Advocating for specific projects and public art in general
• Securing financial and other resources
Brooks shared images of a large scale mural by Ray Paseka proposed for Court House Square in 2016 and the monumental Streater Legacy Park mural modeled after the Princeton proposal. He then showed a draft of a design for a “Welcome to Princeton” portrait of Owen Lovejoy on the north side of the Wind Chimer building next to the railroad tracks.
He also listed possible startup projects brought to his attention in the past year:
• Mosaics with a “Sea of China” theme proposed by Susan Burton of Art Explorations in Ottawa,
in the alley on the east side of South Main street
• A large labyrinth in the open space formerly occupied by the First Christian Church, and
• Restoration of at least four historic “ghost signs” on old brick buildings on Main Street.
Offering to develop a template for gathering information and reviewing new proposals, he encouraged commission members to suggest other projects that could offer some “easy successes” within the next six to twelve months. Commission members were also asked to consider serving as officers or in other capacities outside of meeting attendance.
Several members suggested meeting monthly and all agreed on Tuesday afternoons.
The next meeting of the Princeton Public Arts Commission was scheduled for 4:30pm Tuesday, May 8 at YouAreHere in the Amtrak Depot.
The meeting adjourned at 5:45pm.