Main Street Program seeks public input on art

From staff reports

The Oil City Main Street Program’s Public Art Committee has launched a survey to determine which kind of public art people would like to see in Oil City.

The survey is open through Aug. 31. and available both online and in paper form at various locations around town, according to a news release from the Main Street Program.

“Our murals have gained momentum over the years, and public reaction has been very positive,” Main Street Program Manager Kathy Bailey said in the release. “Between our murals and various other installations like statues, sculptures and the Oil City Library’s Music Garden, Oil City has a wide array of public art that is poised to expand in the future.”

The survey and the work of the Public Art Committee are among the various arts-based initiatives on the Main Street Program’s five-year revitalization strategy, which also includes its Downtown Murals program, the implementation of the Center Street Bridge Illumination Project and the facilitation of the ARTS Oil City artist relocation initiative and National Transit Artist Studios, the release said.

Led by Marcy Hall, a National Transit Studio artist and painter, the group began working on the survey in spring, according to the release.

“The most important part of public art is the public part,” Hall said in the release. “That’s why our public art survey is so important to us — we want to hear what the community wants to see in the way of public art.”

Hall recently completed a public art project when she painted the Oil City Library steps with well-known classic children and young adult books.

The survey can be found online at Paper copies are available at the Oil City Library, the city of Oil City, Oil Region Alliance and Karma Coffee, and may be delivered to the Oil City Main Street Program (Oil Region Alliance office) at 217 Elm St. by Aug. 31.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Questions about the Public Art Committee’s projects or the public input survey may be directed to the Main Street Program office at (814) 677-3152.


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