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Mecklenburg’s public art program has new leader
Constance White joins Arts & Science Council
Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:00 am
by Staff Reports


The Arts & Science Councils new Vice President, Public Art Constance White has more than 17 years experience in facilitating creative programs.

Constance Y. White has been hired by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) as its Vice President, Public Art. White joins ASC from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, where she served as Art Program Manager. She begins her new role at ASC on September 2.

White has more than 17 years of experience in facilitating creative programs from inception to completion. During her eight years with the Airport Authority, she completed its comprehensive Art Master Plan, which included expanding exhibition opportunities, rebranding efforts and overseeing 20 public art projects including nine contemporary works as part of the airport’s extensive expansion: The Green Build (completed in August 2013). White also provided support and direction to the Authority’s Airport Art Advisory Committee, and worked with appointed and elected officials, artists from around the world, and members of the community while managing the Airport’s Art Program, which include public art, performing arts and temporary and rotating exhibitions.

“Constance’s deep experience, knowledge and passion for public art, its role in creating a sense of place and building community, coupled with her focus on engaging and working with stakeholders that range from government staff and engineers to artists and residents, make her a perfect fit for this role,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “I am excited to have her join our community.”

White will lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s public art program that was established in 1981 and managed by the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. In 1993, following the passage of the revised public art resolutions providing up to one percent of construction costs for art, ASC assumed responsibility for the administration of the public art program. Since the ordinance was adopted by city and the county, 69 public art projects have been completed and nearly half of the projects have been led by artists from the North Carolina/Metrolina region.  There are currently 8 projects underway, including five neighborhood-based projects to bring public art to areas that currently have none.

“The thing that most impressed me about Constance was her view of public art not in isolation but as an avenue for citizen participation in community design and as an opportunity to continue to develop arts education in our community,” said Public Art Commission Chair Marc Gustafson. “I look forward to working with her to make our public art collection one of the best in the country.”

Charlotte-based Levridge Resources conducted the national search which drew more than 70 candidates.

White began her career as an arts administrator for the Percent for Public Art program at the Office of Cultural Affairs with the city of Dallas, Texas.  She was there for nine years before joining the Airport Authority.

She is a native of Dallas, Texas and earned a B.F.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University.


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