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Holly Shores Public Art Action Plan

September 10, 2014

Client: Arts in Public Places program, City of Austin
Collaborators: Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates Inc. (MVVA), landscape architect and master plan lead; McCann Adams Studio, local architect and planner.
Project Dates: Spring – Fall 2013.

See the Public Art Action Plan.

Project Description:
With the Master Plan process led by the Parks and Recreation Department and MVVA underway, the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program (AIPP) initiated the creation of a Public Art Action Plan for the Holly Shores Master Plan area. The AIPP program sought to ensure that existing and future public art would continue to serve a vital role within the local community. GO collaborative was commissioned to develop the plan and create a framework for future public art commissions.

To understand how community members viewed public art and its potential within the park, GO collaborative met with residents and artists in one-on-one interviews, platicas (small group meetings), a large public meeting, and an Artist Walk and Workshop. The Artist Walk and Workshop gathered artists who are from, or have worked in and around, the East Cesar Chavez and Holly neighborhoods, to talk about how the visual arts currently serve the area.  The artists and GO collaborative explored the site together, gathering input and ideas through writing and conversation.

The final Action Plan will be completed in the fall of 2013 and go before Austin’s boards and commissions before final adoption.

Community Engagement; Public Art Planning.