Artists are invited to design and create original street signs that will be placed along York Road between 43rd and Glenwood Ave. Multiple artists will be selected to participate in the project and can choose from creating an image directly onto a blank steel sign or submitting a design to be professionally printed.
So what do you think is missing from the existing cannon of street sign visual culture? What would you add to the landscape given the opportunity?
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2013 at midnight
Where do you find public art? Do you see it every day, in murals in your neighborhood or an art installation on your campus? Have you traveled to visit destinations like Mount Rushmore or Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park?
There is a new tool to help you find public art— the Public Art Archive™, a data-rich, online catalogue of public art throughout the U.S. and Canada put together by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). WESTAF is a regional arts service organization dedicated to the creative development and preservation of the arts, with an emphasis on technology. While the organization primarily serves the 13 states that make up its membership, WESTAF impacts the entire country through their new technology tools designed for the creative industries.
Launched in 2009, the archive is a free resource that allows a broad range of users to explore public art in their communities. Their extensive, standardized data includes items such as images of the public artwork at different stages of the project, documents with artists’ statements, audio of artist interviews, and video of the piece’s installation. The archive also boasts a mobile site that grants visitors easy access to the database, including a geo-location feature to immediately find artworks near you. With 100 collections catalogued to date, WESTAF continues to accept content submissions to the archive.
The Franklin Square community was recently featured on ABC Baltimore’s “The List” for their participation in the PNC Transformative Art Project. As a recipient of the 2012 grant, Franklin Square has worked with Civic Works, Can Collective, Living Classrooms and artists Emily CD, Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn to create a multi-media sculptural installation that celebrates the power of people and plants.
Maryland Citizens for the Arts is leading the “500 Art-Full Letters” campaign in order to secure public funding for the arts. The ongoing community project asks people to create handmade letters for their legislators. To learn more or to view some of the letters visit www.artfullletters.tumblr.com.