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A plan would help navigate discussions of artwork placement, themes, relevance and more, especially since public art often has to operate within certain limitations.
“All things in public art are over, especially funding and real estate, and so far we haven’t really followed a strategic plan,” Bond said.
City administrators contacted to comment on the city’s role and interest in public art for this story did not respond in time. When announcing the arts master plan last May, Mayor Dillon Meek called the arts a “vital component” of city planning.
Part of creating a strategic plan will involve looking at what already exists in the city, said Amanda Dyer, director of public art and development for Creative Waco. This, in turn, can help guide future development.
“It will show what we have covered, what we have a lot of and where the gaps are,” Dyer said.
Not only can a strategic plan for the arts provide mechanisms for discussing new public art and its location, but it can also communicate what a community finds important, provide ways for neighborhoods and local artists to s involve and help broaden the general understanding of art, its purposes and interpretations. Public art is also not limited to visual arts, but can include live music and theater, interactive works and performances, she said.