Artist Relocation Program Meeting Wednesday 10 December 2008 Economic Development - Fire Station 1 505 NE Monroe St
Sculpture Walk Program - Sioux Falls - Possible program for Peoria
The committee discussed the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sculpture Walk Program with Jim Clark <Jim.Clark@xcelenergy.com> 605 366 1265. He helped initiate and develop on this program, and he is beginning a consulting program to try to expand the program. Jim would work with the volunteers to help them establish and run the program.
the program was largely created and staffed by volunteers. The City did provide the mounting blocks. Volunteers located sponsors, and raised funds by selling sculptures. The program brings lots of people into downtown Sioux Falls.
This is a very nice program where sculptors submit their work to the City. The City works with the sculptors to temporarily set the sculptures on the sidewalk in downtown. People come to see the sculptures. People can purchase the sculptures, and can also vote for their favorite sculpture, which the City then purchases and display permanently.
Michelle and Joe Richey and Craig Hullinger have visited the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk, and it is a very nice asset and attraction to their the City. It might be a very good fit for us.
Clark noted that they are in their 6th year. They have decided to develop Alliance Partnerships (franchises) in selected progressive communities in different parts of the country. Peoria is one of those communities. They would help establish a Sculpture Walk type program for Peoria.
The City of Peoria is looking for a few good artists. The city is developing an Artist Relocation Program. We want artists to move into our great community, and help us redevelop our new avante garde neighborhoods near our thriving downtown. We want quality artists everywhere, creating a lovely dynamic creative neighborhood designed by artists for artists.