Visiting Artist Program
This inaugural year of the Visiting Artist Project will support the community’s creation of memorable places, the promotion of Asheville’s African American history, and participation by the local community in diverse acts of cultural expression.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
The Public Art and Cultural Commission and the City of Asheville announce that three artists/artist teams have been chosen as finalists for the City’s first-ever Visiting Artist Program.
The artists are:
- Jefferson Pinder;
- Art Ecologie Featuring: Monique Luck, Flavia Lovatelli and Francisco Gonzalez;
- The Color Dreamers Featuring: Amir Shakir and Ivette Cabrera.
Three artists/semi-finalists have been invited to submit proposals to the Leadership Team and the Public Art and Cultural Commission, who will be selecting the winning project based on proposal elements and input gathered from the public.
They are hosting a Proposal-Viewing Party between 5:30 and 7:30 pm on Thursday September 20, 2018 at 207 Coxe Avenue as part of their overall efforts to connect with the community about the project, and ask that anyone who is interested in the project to come say hello.
Starting the afternoon of September 18th, all three proposals will be available to view on this webpage.
Mon, Sept 17 - Final Artist Proposals are due
Tues, Sept 18 - Public feedback survey added to Open City Hall (open until Thursday October 4th). Paper surveys will be available at the following community centers: Stephens Lee, Tempie Avery Montford Center, Senior Opportunity Center, Rev. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, the Harvest House, Burton Street Center and Shiloh Center.
Thurs, Sept 20 - Public Feedback Party (AAAC Refinery from 5:30-7:30 pm)
Tues, Oct 9 - VAP Leadership Team ranks proposals and creates recommendation
Thurs, Oct 11 - Selected final proposal presented at PACC meeting for final approval (City Hall, 1st floor conference room from 4-5 pm)
Fri, Oct 12 - Announcement of the selected artist(s)/proposal
Oct 18-20 - African Americans in WNC & South Appalachia Conference
Fri, Oct 19, VAP presentation on at 1 pm in the Mountain View Room of UNCA Sherrill Center
Oct 22- Nov 12 - Call for Local Artists (to be evaluated by Leadership Team and by finalist
Dec 2018 - Contracts finalized
Jan 1- Oct 1, 2019 - Project implementation (exact dates TBD, but sometime in this period)
Read more about what's happened on the City's Blog
Photos, left to right: Community engagement at the painting of the Triangle Park Mural; craftsmanship of master mason James Vester Miller; celebrants at the Goombay Festival
The 2018 partnership is funded by the City’s Percent for Public Art Policy, sponsored by the Public Art and Cultural Commission, and being guided by a leadership team of artists, arts and culture educators, activists, and promoters including:
The leadership team is seeking additional partnerships with the community. We’d like to connect with others that have similar projects underway, and we are interested in talking to potential sponsors who can help increase the quality of the community's involvement in this project.
For more information contact:
Steph Monson Dahl
City of Asheville Strategic Development Director