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Exploring Our Town sneak peak at Americans for the Arts Conference

June 16, 2014

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At last week’s American for the Art’s pre-conference on Public Art and Placemaking, attendees got a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released Exploring Our Town online resource for creative placemaking.

Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, led a panel discussion titled “An Update on Our Town“, which included an overview of the grant program, a report from two grant recipients, and a sneak peak of the new website. Jay Salinas, Co-Founder & Director of Special Projects at the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and Malcolm Cochran, Professor Emeritus of Sculpture at Ohio State University Department of Art, presented their work funded by the Our Town program.

As project leads for Exploring Our Town, GO collaborative has been working with Jason and NEA staff over the past 18 months on this exciting Creative Placemaking project. It was wonderful to have fellow Creative Placemaking practitioners get the first public glimpse. The anticipated release date is early Fall 2014.


GOco selected for Art on the Atlanta Beltline!

June 9, 2014

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GOco has been selected to create a temporary public art piece for the upcoming 2014 Art on the Atlanta Beltline!

As described on the program website, “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the City of Atlanta’s largest temporary public art exhibition and a testament to the Atlanta BeltLine as a living, breathing entity that is more than just trees, trails, and rails. Showcasing the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along nine miles of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, the exhibition is a powerful conduit for everyone in the Atlanta region to gather, connect, and experience something vibrant and dynamic.”

The 2014 exhibition will feature over 60 installations and 30 performances. GOco is honored to be part of this transformative infrastructure and placemaking project!


Stewardship of Place

June 2, 2014

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GO collaborative has entered into a new partnership with Locus Iste to serve churches as they strategically design and develop their built environments. The Stewardship of Place is an approach to religious facility projects that begins with informed decision-making and long-term thinking to align sustainable operations with pastoral vision.

Check out our new website and learn about this participatory pre-design process!


Community Meetings Continue in West, Texas

April 21, 2014


This week, Lynn Osgood led the second, in a series of three, public community meetings to develop a new economic development plan for the town of West, Texas. Local residents discussed how visions for large scale industry, downtown revitalization, and cultural heritage programming could come together into a cohesive plan that could lead the city forward following the fertilizer plant explosion that took place in April 2013. These meetings are part of a larger project, Forward West!, funded by St. Vincent DePaul, a Catholic charity that works closely with post-disaster communities to help them get back on their feet.


Arts and Cultural Plan for Grand Rapids, Minnesota

April 17, 2014


GO collaborative and partners Metris Arts Consulting and Markusen Economic Research will develop a ten-year, strategic arts and cultural plan for the City of Grand Rapids, MN. In collaboration with local stakeholders, the team will shape a strategic vision to guide municipal policy and resource allocation for arts and culture.


Semi-Finalists for ArtPlace’s 2014 Grants

March 2, 2014

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Working in close partnership with the City of Austin, ArtPlace America has selected our proposed Drawing Lines project as a potential finalist for their 2014 grants program.

ArtPlace America selected 97 as finalists for consideration for its 2014 grants to support creative placemaking. In each of the proposed projects, the arts will play an explicit and intentional role as part of strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. In total, ArtPlace received 1270 letters of inquiry.

Working with the Economic Development Division of the City of Austin, GO collaborative proposed Drawing Lines as a project that will harness the power of the arts to directly engage the political transformations taking place in Austin by creating opportunities to map cultural assets, engage citizens about upcoming political changes, and help build the identities of Austin’s newly forming Council Districts.

We’re working closely with our other project partners – Austin Creative Alliance, Public City, and artist Jennifer Chenoweth, to pull together the plan for our dream project.  Wish us luck!


20ft Wide Report Issued!

November 20, 2013

Lynn Osgood and Heather Way authored a new report documenting the widely acclaimed 20ft Wide installation!

Working with artists, designers, and policy makers, including artist Dan Cheetam of Fyoog and Art Alliance Austin, the team orchestrated a four-day, public event that served as both a case study for how the City of Austin could transform a downtown alley into a vibrant public open space, and as a means of testing which policies needed to be in place to help support future efforts.

The installation was well-received and widely attended, while being exemplary of Austin’s efforts to innovate and activate public spaces!


Sarah Gamble featured in Texas Architect magazine!

November 1, 2013

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The November / December issue of Texas Architect features Sarah Gamble as one of four architects under 40! The article highlights each architects’ career path and current endeavors.

Click here to read the web version of the article or see page 111 of the magazine.


Public Art Action Plan approved by Arts Commission!

September 17, 2013

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Last night, the Holly Shores Public Art Action Plan was approved by the City of Austin’s Arts Commission!

In Spring 2013, GO collaborative was commissioned by the Art in Public Places program to develop the plan, which creates a framework for future public art commissions in the Holly Shores / Edward Rendon Sr Park at Festival Beach Master Plan area. The Master Plan has been under development over the past year, led by the Parks and Recreation Department and Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates. The Public Art Action will be an addendum to the larger master plan document. Our recommendations stem from the creation of three zones within the park, based on the landscape settings, programmatic uses, and input from the community.

Check back for the complete report following approval by Austin City Council in November!


SXSW Eco Awards

September 10, 2013

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The Trail Foundation’s series of restrooms at Lady Bird Lake has been named a finalist for the SXSW Eco Place by Design Competition! GO collaborative’s Trail Memories community engagement project is one of four designs included in the entry! The entries will be displayed during the SXSW conference and three winners announced in October.

We are honored to have been recognized, especially for a project that was so much fun! We loved talking with Trail Users and gathering over 1700 comments to fuel and inform the Trail Foundation’s newest restroom project at Heron Creek. We look forward to seeing the restroom design by Mel Lawrence Architect take shape!