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Posted on: July 10, 2019

What’s Next for Allen’s Public Art?

A modern brick building with fabricated metal flowers and vines climbing the pillars.

Allen’s collection of public art is about to get bigger.

The City’s Public Art Committee shared the details in its annual report to City Council. The first addition will be installed in the Allen Event Center rotunda. Volunteers on Allen’s Public Art Committee asked artists to submit their ideas for the space, then hosted a tour of the building for finalists. The group expects to select an artist by the end of July.

Committee members are also finalizing criteria for a major installation at US-75 and Allen Drive, considered a “gateway to Allen.”

“There are a lot of parts and pieces coming together,” said Public Art Committee Chairman Tod Raines in a presentation to Allen City Council on June 25. “As soon as everything lines up, we’ll get it underway.”

Where can I find more public art?

Allen’s public art collection contains more than two dozen sculptures, paintings, mosaics and architectural installations located throughout the City. The most recent, entitled Spirit of Play, is a collection of plant-inspired sculptures at Spirit Park. Visitors can find photos, artist information and directions to each public art piece at CityofAllen.org/MapArt.

Who funds public art?

Allen voters have approved nearly $3 million in bond funding to commission public art project since 2005, including $1.7 million in 2016. Some projects also involve contributions from the Community Development Corporation. Others are the result of public-private partnerships or private development.

How can I get involved?

Allen citizens who apply to serve on the Public Art Committee may be appointed to the committee by Allen City Council. The committee typically meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month. Appointments are made by the City Council in September. All qualified voters in the City of Allen are eligible to apply for positions with any of the nine council-appointed boards, including the Public Art Committee. Learn more.

For each project identified by the Public Art Committee, a subcommittee is formed to recommend the selection of an artist or artwork. The Artist Selection Panel convenes for 3-5 meetings facilitated by Public Art Program staff. Meetings typically last around two hours. If you are interested in joining an Artist Selection Panel, complete this interest form or contact Jennifer Robinson at 214.509.4703 or jrobinson@cityofallen.org.

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