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Art Committee

 

The Municipal Art Committee Public Art Master Plan seeks to define Avondale as a unique sense of place, with a community identity that celebrates the past and embraces the future as a rich and vibrant arts and entertainment center celebrating the talents and culture of the people who live here.


 In keeping with this vision, the Municipal Art Committee Public Art Master Plan seeks to promote art that:

• Embraces families; community; and Latino, Southwest, and modern art which reflects the City’s cultural identity;

• Preserves, protects, and educates our community about Avondale’s history; and

• Celebrates Avondale’s agricultural heritage.

 

What is Public Art?

Because public art is inherently dependent on a public and creative process that is often intangible, it is difficult to prescribe a universal definition to the term “public art” Much has been written about the difference between “art in public places” and “public art.” New terminology is continually being coined in attempts to grasp the essence of the creative process and the sometimes “therapeutic” or healing, and/or proactive climate that takes place in a community both during the making of a public art project, and for the years following its arrival to place. Public art has been known to bring communities together, to solve community problems, to put communities on the map, and to make communities beautiful. For purposes of this document, a working definition of public art is as follows:   Any work of art or element of design, created by visual or public context artists, that is sited in a public place for people to experience. This can include installations, murals, outdoor sculptures, or infrastructure such as public fixtures or furniture and other function elements that are designed and/or built by artists.

 

Public Art Ordinance

The purpose of this ordinance which is part of the Section 11 or the Zoning ordinance (page 249) is to beautify the community with a wide variety of quality artistic elements. Residents and visitors may enjoy the artistic elements and will often return to experience them again while shopping or conducting business. This section includes provisions to regulate and establish standards for inclusion of publicly visible Public Art in Planned Area Development (PAD), commercial, office, employment and municipal development projects.

The incorporation of publicly visible Public Art in PAD, commercial, office, employment, and municipal development projects will enhance the visual and aesthetic quality of such developments, enhance property values and the orderly development of the City.

All Subject Property developments of 50,000 square feet net floor area and above shall provide for the installation and maintenance of exterior Public Art on the property being developed,which must be visible or accessible to the public,