During an end-of-year meeting on Dec. 6, 2011, the McKinney City Council unanimously adopted a public art program and has authorized the City Manager to take the next steps in developing a Public Art Master Plan for McKinney that will inventory current public art and prioritize potential opportunities for artwork.
Brian Loughmiller, Mayor of McKinney, said,
“The Council is working on a public art program that will be funded primarily through private contribution and private donation as part of the work of our McKinney Arts Commission. The first step is to inventory public art in the city and look at areas where our community can be enhanced through the addition of public art in the different forms. McKinney is already known as a community rich with local artistic talent that is willing to enhance the community through their talents. The Arts Commission is working on a program that will allow us to promote local artistic talent that will benefit the community as a whole without cost to the taxpayer. Under this scenario the entire community succeeds both fiscally and culturally.”
After an extensive review of neighboring public art programs in Frisco, Allen and Plano, Linda Spina, Chair of the McKinney Arts Commission, presented recommendations to the Council during a work session on Nov. 15, 2011.
“McKinney is becoming an arts destination and Public Art can help to make our city’s support of the arts more visible, said Linda Spina, Chair of the McKinney Arts Commission. “Coupled with our rich heritage and natural beauty, I anticipate the strategic placement of artwork in public spaces will further enhance and define our city. We hope to start planning specifics in early 2012 and look forward to community input.”
The Public Art Program Mission states, “The City of McKinney is committed to promoting the cultural, aesthetic, and economic vitality in the city by integrating art into public places, civic infrastructure, and present and future development which may be achieved by the creation of a public art program.”
The Public Art Program has Eight Goals:
- Further the development of art throughout the community
- Enhance the natural beauty of McKinney through visual art
- Nurture the arts community and educational environment of public arts
- Provide opportunities for local and regional artists
- Involve artists in the planning and urban design of the community from an arts perspective
- Promote tourism and economic vitality
- Allow the community to express its identity and values in promoting diversity and pluralism in public art
- Increase access to the region’s best artists and artwork
Pictured: “The Guardian” at Frisco Fire Station is just one example of public art.
Matthew Bado was appointed to the McKinney Arts Commission in October 2011.