The city of Jeffersonville, Ind., has formed a study committee on public art. The committee will lay the groundwork for a new public art initiative. City council member-at-large Nathan Samuel hopes a public art initiative will help rally Jeffersonville citizens and leaders around a positive cause.
“I think Jeffersonville suffers from a self-esteem problem,” says Samuel. “We don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we have here.”
Nine community members have joined Samuel on the study committee. They’re taking inventory of existing art sites throughout the city and identifying potential opportunities for new projects. In December, they will deliver the information to the city council, with the hope that a new action committee will take the next steps in promoting existing sites and commissioning new artwork.
“This is a group of folks who have agreed to do a lot of the grunt work and trench work of trying to document and inventory what we have and what else we could have and where it might go, then pass the ball off to the next group,” he says.
Samuel says the next steps, raising funds and commissioning art, will be taken by a new committee formed after the first of next year.
“The intent is not to have this funded by the city with tax dollars but to use the city’s influence to help draw in private dollars, grant dollars, maybe some city dollars help initiate something, but to truly make this more from a community perspective,” says Samuel.
The committee’s next open meeting is August 30 at 6 p.m. in Jeffersonville City Hall. The city is asking for public input through an online art survey.