Bainbridge council considers reopening public art program

The Bainbridge Island City Council will consider reopening the city's Public Art Program at this week's meeting.

The program, which has been in hiatus for two years, would be reactivated in time to manage art installations for the Waterfront Park makeover and The Waypoint.

It would also provide maintenance to Bainbridge's existing public art collection.

The city designated the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council in 1992 to head the Public Art Program under the cultural element of the comprehensive plan.

The program offers a public art fund and committee overseen by the arts council.

With the city council's approval, the committee will be reinstated under a professional services contract to initiate at least one public art project this year and in the meantime provide conservation to the city's existing public art.

Under the contract's scope of services, the committee will conduct an assessment of the city's public art through Sept. 3. It will then collaborate with city staff to oversee maintenance and restoration projects.

Starting this month, the committee will establish goals and refine its responsibilities and processes. It will also begin prioritizing potential art installations and identifying sites and budgets.

The committee will also ask for public input on possible projects.

By Dec. 31, the committee will begin accepting artist proposals.

The city will pay $2,000 per month to the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council for the services.

The Bainbridge city council meets at 7 p.m. every Monday.

It will begin discussing the art program during the "staff intensive" portion of the agenda.

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