A new guide, featuring the locations of more than 50 pieces of public art located throughout Charleston, has been released in time for FestivALL Charleston. The guide is part of a public art plan initiated through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program. “We are excited to provide this piece highlighting our outdoor public art collection and the artists for our citizens and visitors to enjoy,” said Susie Salisbury, vice president of community development for the Charleston Area Alliance and project director for the effort. “Art plays such an important role in our community and we are honored to celebrate it through this publication.”
The guide is a collaborative project of Charleston Area Alliance, City of Charleston, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and FestivALL Charleston.
“Public art contributes to the city’s character and artists find our city an inviting place that promotes creativity,” said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. “We are blessed to have many people who have a passion for public art and who have contributed their talents, resources and resourcefulness to improving Charleston’s artist landscape.”
Currently, a website is being developed that will have the guide available electronically and will serve as a source for future updates to the piece.
“There will be several new pieces of public art as a result of the 2012 FestivALL Charleston, such as the trash receptacles along Kanawha Boulevard and the expansion of the “Peer to Pier” mural project,” Salisbury said. “The website we are developing will host these additional pieces and provide more information on each of the pieces of public art.”
The public art guides are currently available at the following locations: Charleston Area Alliance, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston City Hall, Kanawha County Library, Taylor Books, West Virginia Capitol Complex Culture Center, Charleston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the FestivALL Charleston merchandise booths.
For more information on the guide please contact Susie Salisbury at 304-340-4253 or through email at SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.