PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN

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WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

Public art helps to define a city by honoring its history, celebrating its culture, and creating rich experiences for residents and visitors alike.

Art activates spaces and invigorates commerce—and brings smiles and inspiration to people of all ages, day in and day out. A major initiative of the City of Los Altos is the development of a strategic Public Arts Master Plan and community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the framework of the city of Los Altos.

Crafting the plan begins in Spring 2017; final plan recommendations will be presented in Fall 2017.

WHY DOES LOS ALTOS
NEED A PUBLIC ART PLAN?

The Los Altos Public Arts Master Plan knits our diverse community together by defining and implementing our expression—our signature—to the world. The people of Los Altos are creative, spirited, and ingenious. Our plan will set the standard for how we begin to implement and enjoy public art; it also celebrates our community’s artistic vitality. Public art helps us celebrate our heritage, communicates our direction, and characterizes our sense of place. Thoughtfully implemented public art will define “Los Altos” to ourselves and project our special qualities and competitive advantages to visitors and investors. In this way, our Public Art Master Plan doubles as an important economic development tool.

Specifically, our plan will bring forth three main outcomes

  1. REACH: How do we expand the City of Los Altos’ scope in terms of who sees, creates and participates in Public Art in Los Altos?
  2. DEPTH: How do we grow the Los Altos Arts Program effectiveness?
  3. INVESTMENT: How do we bring new resources to implement the public art strategy that comes from the plan?

WHAT WILL THE PLAN CONTAIN?

The intent of this Public Arts Master Plan is to provide a strategic direction and community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the framework of the city.

Stated goals of this plan include:

  • Define a vision of public art that captures Los Altos’s desired sense of place and incorporates Public Art objectives
  • Define Public Art policies, procedures and organizational structure to successfully execute and maintain Public Art; policy (percent for art, temporary art, integration of aesthetic elements and architecture design) and govern projects, art/artist selection, donation, maintenance, conservation and accessioning through a collaborative process between elected officials, city departments, city organizations/businesses and community members
  • Define implementation steps (short and long term), owners, and associated costs
  • Identify future funding strategies
  • Identify priority locations for site specific public art (gateways, parks, new and existing development) as well as priorities for aesthetic architecture integration (functional signage, bike racks, utility boxes, bus shelters, benches, etc.) for both permanent and temporary installation
  • Recommend additional and creative marketing collateral to educate the community and strengthen the support for public art.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Public Art Vision Workshop

Come and dream with the Los Altos Arts Commission about what public art could be in Los Altos and hear from featured Public Artist, Morgan Bricca. Activities will include selecting locations for public art, types of art and specific strategies as they relate to specific areas of Los Altos. This event is free and open to the public.

REGISTER

WHEN

Monday, May 22, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm

WHERE

Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022


smART Planning: a Conversation on Art,
Place, and Innovation

Join us for an evening of thought provoking discussion centered around the intersection of art, innovation and place. The panel will feature a combination of tech leaders, artists, and designers. Following the panel discussion, we will open the floor for audience Q&A. This panel is being held in conjunction with the creation Los Altos Public Art Master Plan. This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include: Paul Buchheit, Y Combinator, Danny Harris, Program Director, Knight Foundation, Chris Flink, Executive Director, Exploratorium, Kelly Snider, Principal at Kelly Snider Consulting, Development Advisor to Los Altos Community Investments and Matt Schultz, Public Artist, Burning Man. The panel will be moderated by Cathy Kimball from San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

REGISTER

WHEN

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

WHERE

Los Altos Youth Center
1 North San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

RESOURCES

REPLAY: smART Planning: a Conversation on Art,
Place, and Innovation

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

You can contribute to the Los Altos Public Arts Master Plan by photographing Los Altos and sharing your images with us on Instagram using the hashtag, #LosAltosArts. Be sure to share in the description what about your image represents the unique aspects of Los Altos – how are we different from our neighbors and what do we share with them? What reflects our history? What reflects our future?

Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Los Altos is encouraged to be involved every step of the way. Check back for events to see how you can get involved, come to a workshop or meeting, submit to #LosAltosArts on Instagram, take the Survey or feel free to contact us anytime at Amanda@designinglocal.com or receive our email updates by clicking the button below to email us and request that we add you to our communication list.

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