Bellaire Puritas Development Corp. is designing a plan for public art and we need your help. That’s what this project is all about.
Our agency has received a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to engage the community in developing a plan for public art along West 140th Street. As part of the project, we hope to use stone remnants of the recently demolished John Marshall High School. You can read more about the history of the school, the neighborhood and this project on this website.
In order to carry out the project, we need to hear from you. Public art needs input from the public. So we’ve planned several ways for you, members of our community, to contribute your ideas. We realize that individuals within a community express themselves in different ways, depending on their interests, personalities and technological preferences. Here are some of the ways you can give us your thoughts about public art.
- Use this website. Try out the tabs where you can submit sketches, take a survey, comment, blog and keep up to date on what’s happening with the public art plan. Check out our interactive features and the “community input” section;
- Participate in educational activities in the neighborhood and public workshops for the project. On Sunday, June 2, at the Bellaire Puritas Arts Festival in Jefferson Park, an artist will be demonstrating the art of carving so we can all imagine what’s possible with stone (most of the JMH material is stone). There also will be a booth at the festival where people can take the same survey that’s on the web, talk to artists and BPDC staff about the project. We’ll be scheduling at least two workshops in which participants can “play” with Styrofoam materials and come up with images they’d like to see on W. 140th as part of an overall design scheme.
- Toward the end of 2013, we’ll reveal the results of our design at another public gathering. This will take place at an art gallery, where we also will exhibit photos of the neighborhood and John Marshall and sketches submitted during the design planning process.