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Workshop on Historic West End art set for JCSU on July 13
Public input sought for initiatives
 
Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:06 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

ARTS & SCIENCE COUNCIL
Artist rendering of art in Charlotte’s Historic West End at I-77/West Trade Street Underpass.

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Future artwork aims to reflect Historic West End.


A public community engagement workshop will take place on July 13 at Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Residents can share stories, photos and insight on the past, present and desired future of their neighborhoods.


The workshop will serve as a means for artists Stacy Utley and David Wilson and architect Edwin Harris to determine the direction their public artwork will go. In February, the Arts & Science Council announced that the trio had been commissioned by the city of Charlotte to create artwork for two Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program projects: Five Points Plaza at the I-77/West Trade Street Underpass enhancements.  


“Stacy Utley, Edwin Harris and I are entering the public art process with the utmost respect for the Historic West End communities and a strong belief that the communities should be involved,” Wilson said upon the project’s announcement earlier this year. “Providing opportunities where community members can express their thoughts on how public artwork can connect to community priorities or help further tell their community’s story is a crucial part of the public art process. Engaging the public through this kickoff event will ultimately make our work stronger and help ensure the final artwork is a source of pride for the residents, students and businesses in Charlotte’s West End.”


Project completion is anticipated in fall 2020. It began with a public art kickoff in February, which also took place at JCSU’s Mosaic Village.


“Historic West End is not a blank canvas,” ASC’s Senior Program Director of Public Art Todd Stewart said in February. “There are communities well invested in this area that have contributed greatly to making Charlotte-Mecklenburg what it is today. The strength of this project is its potential to tell the story of these neighborhoods through the voices of the people who live there and the vision of an artist team that will be informed by their history and experiences.”

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