ArtSynergy Project

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Welcome to the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project


Public art helps to define a city by honoring its history, celebrating its culture, and creating rich experiences for residents and visitors alike. Art activates spaces and invigorates economies—and brings smiles and inspiration to folks of all ages, day in and day out. The Montpelier ArtSynergy Project is a new community initiative, in collaboration with Montpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier, and the Community Engagement Lab, that is developing a strategic Public Art Master Plan and community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the framework of the ​City of Montpelier. Crafting the plan began in the Spring of 2017; recommendations will be presented in the Spring of 2018.


Why does the City need a Master Plan?

The Montpelier ArtSynergy Master Plan knits our diverse community together by defining and implementing our expression—our signature—to the world. The people of Montpelier are creative, spirited, and ingenious. Our plan will set the standard for how we begin to implement and enjoy public art; it also celebrates our community’s artistic vitality. Public art helps us celebrate our heritage, communicates our direction, and characterizes our sense of place.  Thoughtfully implemented public art will define “Montpelier” to ourselves and project our special qualities and competitive advantages to visitors and investors. In this way, our Public Art Master Plan doubles as an important economic development tool.


What Will the Plan Contain?

The ArtSynergy Master Plan will articulate goals, identify resources and propose prioritized strategies, timelines and cost estimates for the funding, placement, creation and maintenance of public art in Montpelier, with a focus on the Downtown. The ArtSynergy Master Plan will develop a public art strategy that connects future design and cultural initiatives for greater community and economic development. The community-wide planning process will include small focus groups, individual interviews, and large community exercises. The centerpiece of the planning process will be a series of five creative visioning workshops led by teaching artists from different disciplines.  The Montpelier ArtSynergy Project will culminate with the installation of the first major city-funded public art work. This commissioned piece will celebrate the community’s work at developing the Public Art Master Plan and the adoption of the plan as a central component of city planning.


 What is the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project Timeline? 

  • January - October 2017: Information gathering and research, project planning 
  • October - November 2017: Public Workshops 
  • November 2017 - May 2018: Creative Visioning Workshops 
  • May - July 2018: Montpelier ArtSynergy Master Plan writing  
  • July 2018: Montpelier ArtSynergy Master Plan adoption 

How Can I Get Involved?


Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Montpelier is encouraged to be involved every step of the way. Follow the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Montpelier-ArtSynergy-Project-939078089580662/?ref=br_rs) to stay informed on events, workshops and meetings where you can share you ideas about how you want public art to live in Montpelier, and learn how you can help the project move along.


Questions?

Contact Paul Gambill at the Community Engagement Lab: paul@communityengagementlab.org.