To the editor:
I attended a public meeting at city hall about the “Something New” art program on April 20. The intention of the program is to select four sites to display new public artworks in the Winslow area for yearlong exhibits. At the meeting a presentation about the program was given which included examples of towns that had similar idea programs, a budget ($13,000 per year, after a $15,000 startup cost), and a timeline. The project is intended to begin exhibiting in April 2018.
At the end of the presentation a list of positive project outcomes was given: inexpensive way to bring public art to the community, enrichment of public spaces, popular works could be purchased, and curriculums for nearby schools.
During the meeting a number of other points were brought up including who would provide insurance, protection from vandals, the site selection process, possible partnerships, a crowded Winslow, design to scale and speed, lighting and the maintenance of collection. The site selection would start at Winslow in the Greens or the ferry landing, in order to gauge public interest, and to find one standout piece that could be purchased.
The city of Bainbridge Island would be responsible for the insurance funds of the art pieces if they were to be vandalized. The city would also be responsible for the maintenance of the art pieces.