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What Public Art Best Represents Your Neighbourhood? - January 30, 2012

Contact: Joanne Leung, Manager of Planning Urban Design, 905-771-5498, jleung@richmondhill.ca

What Public Art Best Represents Your Neighbourhood?
Richmond Hill launches public consultation process for a new Public Art Policy
 
RICHMOND HILL – Today marks the launch of Richmond Hill’s public consultation for creating a new Public Art Policy. Council and staff are encouraging residents to provide their input in a number of ways through January and most of February on what public art means to them and how it should be incorporated into the community.

“We want Richmond Hill to have more community art so that our public spaces better embody the same vibrancy and passion for the arts that our residents do,” said Mayor Dave Barrow. “Adding public art into a community is much more than just building a sculpture or a fountain; the process must involve the community so that it best represents the character, beauty and culture of their neighbourhoods.”

Through the recent Cultural Plan public consultation and numerous other public consultation exercises, residents have told staff that they would like to see more public art in Richmond Hill. Public art is a highly visible form of cultural development with clear benefits to the community and enhancing quality of place. It can also provide a focused means of reaching out to the business community and promoting a wider understanding of the economic impact of creativity and culture in Richmond Hill.

“With thorough public consultation, careful planning, and implementation strategies, art has the power to transform, energize, stimulate thinking and promote interaction among residents as well as visitors to Richmond Hill,” said Regional & Local Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the People Plan Task Force.

The goal of the public consultation is to seek the community's feedback with regards to the definition of public art; the mission statement, vision, and the goals for the development of public art in Richmond Hill; as well as the criteria for locational and spatial selection to display the art pieces.

Public consultation will also consist of a Public Forum to be held on February 23 at Elgin Barrow Arena (43 Church Street South) to report best practice findings and to seek the community’s input prior to preparing the draft Public Art Policy. Once the draft policy is complete it will be circulated for public comment. It is expected that the final Public Art Policy will be presented to Council in May 2012.

Residents can learn more by visiting RichmondHill.ca/PublicArt.

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