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12. B. 2.
Public Art Grant Application
Jen Bomba, Community Development Director, Community Development
Resolved the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners does hereby approve the grant application to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and authorizes the County Administrator/Controller to sign the application on behalf of the County.
Community Development requests the authorization by the Board to submit an application to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) requesting funds to assist in establishing public art as a final element in the renovations of the south courtyard of the County Building in Marshall. The $20,000 grant budget includes a 50% match by the County not to exceed $10,000.
The County Building in Marshall is an important local landmark located just one block south of the downtown Marshall historic district. The building has been carefully restored to the original architectural design features from the 1950’s construction. The recent demolition of the County jail on the same site has presented the County with an opportunity to update and beautify the courtyard and grounds which surround the County Building.
The building site serves as a highly visible gateway between the commercial and residential areas of our community. The landscaped grounds will serve as a park-like area for not only visitors to the County Building and County employees, but will be enjoyed by the entire community. The site plan calls for the installation of public art as the focal point to the new grounds. The County Building grounds will serve as a place for residents and visitors to experience nature and art in a public setting.
With the assistance of Abonmarche, a grant opportunity through the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has been identified. The project budget of $20,000 would include a 50% match by the County, not to exceed $10,000. These match funds have already been approved as part of the overall courtyard renovation budget. The grant proposal includes the commissioning of a regional artist in the creation of a sculpture to be placed in the south courtyard. The art will be selected through an open and competitive process that will bring additional interest and attention to the project from artists as well as general community excitement about the project. The project proposes a focus on art created by a Michigan Veteran. If awarded, representatives from the County, the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Recreational Therapy Program), Western Michigan University and a local artist will be tasked with the selection of the awarded sculpture entry from all those presented by artists from around Michigan.
Public art is unique in that it's free, you don't need a ticket, you don't have to dress up, you can view it alone or in groups, and its open to everyone (Why Public Art is Important, Jared Green). Communities gain cultural, social and economic value through public art. The south courtyard of the Marshall County Building was designed to be a place for county employees and the public to gather, the addition of sculpture would only make their experience better.
Community Development requests the authorization by the Board to submit an application to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) requesting funds to assist in establishing public art as a final element in the renovations of the south courtyard of the County Building in Marshall.
The $10,000 match is already included in the approved CIP budget for 2019.
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