Public art planner to deliver a lecture on the importance of public art.
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission will present a lecture by Todd Bressi, public art consultant, on August 27 at 6 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Entitled “Transforming the City, One Community at a Time,” the lecture will launch the beginning of Athens-Clarke County’s public art master plan process. “We believe that a public art strategy should respond to the social and sensed character of a place — its built and natural environments, its cycles of life, the culture of its community, its aspirations — as well as to its arts resources and development opportunities,” said Bressi.
Bressi, who will be leading the Athens’ plan, is also a special advisor to the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. His lecture will describe how the Mural Arts Program has built one of the world’s leading mural programs, while acting as an agent of change, one community at a time. At the Mural Arts Program, he has been central to developing creative place-making projects for commercial corridors and new open spaces in Philadelphia. “We articulate projects and programs that address a community’s place-making and cultural development goals; we determine what support systems (policies, funding, staffing, partnerships) are necessary for success; and we craft action plans that combine quick wins with long-term vision,” said Bressi.
The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, at the corner of Baxter and Dudley Streets. Free parking is available.
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission was created through a city ordinance in December 2010 with the support of the SPLOST funds and members of the community. The commission understands the importance of the arts as a method to promote tourism, economic development, a sense of community, and quality of life.
Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Description
Regular Meeting Information:
When: Second Monday of each month
Where: The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Building, 245 West Hancock Avenue, Athens
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours
Major Responsibilities: The ACAC has been established to advise the Athens Clarke County Unified Government on cultural affairs and aesthetic development of the built environment in accordance with provisions of planning, programming, procurement, installation, operation, and maintenance of public art projects and artworks.
Address: Athens Cultural Affairs Commission P.O. Box 687 Athens, GA 30603-0687