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City of Franklin’s Public Arts Commission Accepting Proposals
The Commission provides guidance and oversight for public art projects in the City.
Franklin, TN – In late 2017, Franklin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen created the City of Franklin Public Arts Commission. The nine-member commission is responsible for developing policies, procedures, and regulations necessary to carry out a public arts program for the City.
City staff worked with local artists and representatives from the Downtown Franklin Association, the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Franklin Tomorrow for several months researching public art programs around the country and developing how Franklin’s should look.
“I am extremely pleased with the amount of experience, expertise, vision, and talent we have in our community,” stated Mayor Ken Moore. “I think it shows that a public art program is something our citizens and visitors have wanted and one of the few areas where we’ve been lacking.”
Members of the FPAC are: Shari Fox, President of O’More College of Design; Julie Garland, owner of Walton’s Jewelry; Kelly Harwood, local artist and owner of Gallery 202; Ashley Roberts, community volunteer with a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art History; Jennifer Alvarado, local artist and art teacher with the Franklin Special School District; Gary Vogrin, landscape architect and local business owner; Ellie Westman Chin, President and CEO of the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Nan Zierden, a past administrator with the Tennessee Arts Commission with a Master’s in Arts Administration. Alderman Brandy Blanton will serve as the Board representative.
Part of the mission of the public art program is to promote public outreach and education while working to preserve the City’s rich cultural heritage and emerging urban form. Mayor Moore commented, “Art has the ability to transform not just a particular area, but an entire City. I look forward to the work this commission will do in engaging our community in a way we might not yet have seen.”
The Arts Commission is currently accepting applications and proposals. Public Art includes all art on public property as well as art staged on private, non-residential property for viewing by people from the public right-of-way. This includes murals painted on the side of buildings viewable from the public right-of-way. For more information, visit www.FranklinTN.gov/PublicArt.