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Charlotte groups launch public art initiative

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Three Charlotte groups have partnered to bring more neighborhood-based public art to the city.

The City of Charlotte, the Public Art Commission and the Arts & Science Council have launched the Neighborhoods in Creative pARTnership initiative, which will allow neighborhood groups in the city to apply for public art projects.

Five projects of up to $23,600 each will be awarded based on a variety of criteria, such as neighborhood participation, geographic distribution, the strength of the project idea and the potential impact on community growth.

Priority will be given to groups representing areas without city-funded public artwork.

The selection panel will include elected officials, city staff, and urban planning and design professionals.

“We look forward to bringing neighborhoods and artists together to explore and create,” said Nicole Bartlett, the public art program director for the Arts & Science Council.

Representatives with the Arts & Science Council are available to attend neighborhood meetings to discuss project eligibility guidelines, the selection process and the artist selection and design process.

The winning projects are expected to be selected in January.

For more information, visit ArtsandScience.org. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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