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City awards contract to create Public Art Master Plan

Post Date:January 20, 2017 9:59 a.m.

The Lewisville City Council has awarded the contract to create the city’s Public Art Master Plan to Todd W. Bressi. He will be joined in this project by Meridith McKinley of VIA Partnership.

The “Communications and Marketing” Big Move of the Lewisville 2025 vision plan includes an action step to “develop and expand (the) city’s image as an ‘arts community’ for residents and visitors.” Discussions by the Lewisville 2025 committee included a desire for public art in key locations around the city.

“With the Lewisville 2025 plan, the public art directive and the public art policy in place, Lewisville has done a lot of groundwork that will help make this a successful plan,” said Bressi. “We thought the nine Big Moves were a compelling way to describe the City’s priorities and offered a good starting point for talking about the value of public art in Lewisville.”

In 2012, City Council assigned the Arts Advisory Board an advisory capacity related to recommending public art acquisition and placement. In 2015, Council allocated approximately $600,000 from Hotel Fund Reserves to create a Public Art account. The Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget includes $65,000 in the Hotel Fund for an outside consultant to develop a public art master plan for Lewisville.

Public art components are included in four infrastructure projects approved by Lewisville voters in the November 2015 bond election. This is the first time public art had been included in the initial planning for a Lewisville capital project. Those public art components include permanent public art integrated into the new Multigenerational Recreation Center; permanent public art integrated into hike and bike trail additions; and permanent public art integrated into two major street construction projects. 

Bressi is an urban designer, public art consultant, educator, and writer. He manages his own public art consulting practice. His consulting has inspired 11 projects that have been recognized by the Public Art Network “Year in Review.” Some of his works also have won national recognition.

McKinley has significant expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting, and community engagement. She has worked with Bressi to draft public art master plans for more than a dozen cities including Allen, Frisco, Mesquite, and Richardson.

The projected cost for the consulting contact is $62.000. Completion of the project is estimated for September 2017. At that time, the City will receive a detailed Public Art Master Plan that assesses current and anticipated opportunities for public art, suggested uses and treatments, and guidelines for selection and maintenance.