Thursday, June 23, 2011

City's art program looking for sculptures to line Havana Street

The city is looking for new large-scale sculptures, pieces that will greet pedestrians and drivers on Havana Street.
Spokesmen from Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program announced a new search for existing sculptures for an upcoming exhibition titled “ART 2C on Havana.” The sculptures will be displayed along the business district on Havana Street in Aurora, and the deadline for entries is July 6. Artists can apply at
The contest doesn’t only offer recognition as a prize. The AIPP and the Havana Business Improvement District will provide $750 in artist stipends to transport and install artwork along Havana Street. What’s more, winning artists will receive awards of  $1,000 for the People’s Choice title, $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

“The Havana Business Improvement District is very excited to be partnering with the city of Aurora's Arts in Public Places Commission on this sculpture art street project,” said HBID executive director Gayle Jetchick in a statement. “The business owners feel this project will go a long way to create a sense of place and serve as another important economic development tool for On Havana Street and the city.”
According to officials from the city, the AIPP will provide $64,000 in funding for concrete bases and the purchase of one sculpture that will remain on Havana Street permanently.
The Art in Public Places program is funded by one percent of city construction and remodeling projects with budget of more than $100,000. Such construction includes projects financed by the city's capital projects, conservation trust and bond funds. Construction includes public work on golf courses, parks and fire stations.

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