More than 80 artists and community members gathered at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts last week for a town hall meeting to discuss how public arts are managed in the city.
The stakes were high at the get-together, which was hosted by Scottsdale Public Art and a task force established in fall 2011 to solidify a "master plan" for the program's future.
Public art consultant Jerry Allen, who has been gathering data, researching, and analyzing Scottsdale's public art program since 2010, presented his 36 recommendations from the 60-plus-page master plan. In his presentation, Allen said that the master plan recommends the public art program should host an annual participatory public art festival in Scottsdale, and that it "should explore . . . incorporation as a separate nonprofit independent of the Cultural Council."More »