Downtown Gary has a mural featuring the native Jackson 5 musical group and also has plans to bring artistic displays in coming months to the bus stops along Broadway, yet the dreams to improve the city’s appearance with works of art is not yet complete.
The Gary Redevelopment Commission is working with the Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation on their public art competition for this year – seeking up to eight artists with Gary ties who can create artistic displays that can be set up at various locations around the downtown area.
“Art, especially in public places, can be a key tool in the community development process,” Legacy Foundation Vice President Kelly Anoe said, in a prepared statement.
“The impact of bringing people together can bolster social inclusion and strengthen residents’ connections to the place where they live,” she said.
Legacy Foundation officials say they’re looking for people who are at least 18 years old and can demonstrate a local tie to the city – either by currently living or working there, or by having family who have lived there.
People interested in taking part in the competition have until 5 pm. June 30 to submit qualification materials to the Legacy Foundation at http://legacyfdn.org/publicart.php, which will then contact by July 7 the artists.
At that point, those artists will be asked to submit specific projects they would like to create for display. Eight artists will be publicly announced as winners during August, and they will receive prizes ranging from $3,000 to $25,000 to create their artworks.
Those displays can be of differing forms,…
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