Public Art in Pennsylvania Park

This is a summary of the most important developments regarding the selection and installation of public art in Pennsylvania Park. Check back to find the latest updates!

Past Developments

November 2017: The City’s Request for Qualifications closes and three finalists are selected from among 15 submissions. Read more about this in our earlier post.

December 4, 2017: During Artists’ Talks at Central Library three nationally recognized artists/teams meet with staff, stakeholders, and the broader community as part of the public art selection process for Pennsylvania Park.

January 9, 2018: Three finalists present their concept designs. The three artists’ presentations on their proposals are on the City’s website. Models of the sculptures are on display at the Hawthorne Public Library.

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Concept designs by the three finalists. See above for how to view the complete presentations. 

Upcoming Developments

January 23, 2018: Last day to email your preferences and other feedback to the City at madisonarts@cityofmadison.com.

January 29, 2018: The Public Art Committee of the Madison Arts Commission will consider stakeholder comments, deliberate, and decide which artist/team they will recommend to the City for this opportunity. A final decision by the Madison Common Council is expected in late February of 2018. The public is welcome to attend the meeting at Hawthorne Library. The subcommittee members will have read all emailed comments before that meeting, but members of the public have up to 3 minutes each for comment. See Events for details.

Fall 2018: Installation and unveiling of public art (Source: City of Madison RFQ, 10/17/2017)

Project Background

The opportunity to commission art for Pennsylvania Park evolved out of an extensive Neighborhood Planning Process in which enhancing the parks and green space emerged as a top priority. A community dialogue regarding the future of this site has been ongoing since before 2017. The Emerson East Neighborhood Association (EENA), District 12 Alder, Community Development staff, Planning staff, and Parks personnel are thrilled to enhance this highly-visible mini City park, expecting that when the project is complete, the neighborhood will have an iconic piece of art that reflects their values of sustainability, unity, diversity, and inclusion. The Community Development Division of the City of Madison (CDD) is providing $40,000 of Block Grant funding to fully fund this public art project. (Source: City of Madison News, 11/27/2017)

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EENA Meeting, 1/17/2018

Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30-8:00pm, Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North St, (parking and entrance at the rear)

Agenda

  • Greetings, Introductions, Agenda Review
  • Approval of December Minutes
  • Written Reports and Updates
  • Graaskamp Park (20 minutes) – Guests: Lorrie Heinemann & Harry Irwin, Madison Development Corporation (owns and manages park)
  • Pennsylvania Park Public Art Update (15 minutes)
  • Alder Report (15 minutes)
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have paid your 2017/2018 dues prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 2017/2018 membership year started in October. Please feel free use the contact tab above to check membership status or inquire about agenda items.

Written reports, meeting notes and a draft of last months meeting minutes can be found at emersoneast.wordpress.com/resources/minutes

Please note, in an effort to make EENA meetings more sustainable, this month we are starting a trial to go paperless. So we are not providing printed agendas, minutes, and reports. Members, please read the information ahead of time!

 

This One’s Adults Only

IMG_20171219_212108Emerson East now has two playgrounds for grown-ups. Lovers Playground, the new name of Red Letter News, and a set of outdoor fitness equipment in Demetral Park.

You can find the fitness equipment near the Demetral Park shelter. The fitness equipment is designed for adults,  labels indicate use by people over the age of 14. Many of the pieces are accessible and all are supposed to attract casual users as well as fitness enthusiasts.20171130_105228-506x379

Installation by the City’s contractor was completed on November 27, 2017. Neighbors provided input choosing the equipment a year ago in November 2016.

The new playground will be available year-round, if ice and snow doesn’t get in the way. Try it out and leave a comment on how you use it!

EENA Meeting Agenda, 12/20/2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm, Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North St, (parking and entrance at the rear)

Agenda

  • Greetings, Introductions, Agenda Review
  • Approval of November Minutes
  • Written Reports and Updates
  • Alder Report: including Oscar Mayer update (15 minutes) – unconfirmed
  • Pennsylvania Park updates (10 minutes)
  • Calendar Coordination for 2018 (10 minutes)
  • Making EENA meetings more sustainable (10 minutes)
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment

Please note: the agenda item about Graaskamp Park has been postponed. Lorrie Heinemann, President & CEO of Madison Development Corporation (who owns and manages the park) was unable to attend the December meeting. It has been tentatively rescheduled for the January meeting.

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have paid your 2017/2018 dues prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 2017/2018 membership year started in October. Please feel free use the contact tab above to check membership status or inquire about agenda items.