Creative Placemaking In the Works – North Tryon Street Business Corridor Project & Residency

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By Nicole Bartlett, Program Director, Public Art

North Tryon Street, just outside of uptown Charlotte, will be undergoing large-scale changes in the next few years and art integrated into the streetscape will be a part of these changes.

Photograph of Existing Streetscape

ASC and the Public Art Commission spent time over the past year speaking with City staff and key area stakeholders about how public art dollars allocated for the corridor could be best utilized. The result of these conversations led to the creation of an art project which will reinforce new environmental initiatives set out for the corridor – a green roads streetscape project and a potential urban agriculture site.

This summer, ASC and the City received a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant to help support the project.  Our Town grants support creative placemaking projects that use arts to create community identity, a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

Artist’s applications are currently being accepted for the public art project. In the next few months the project’s selection panel will review applications, receive proposals from finalists and ultimately select an artist to work with the City’s planning team while in residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Check back for updates on this exciting and creative project as the process continues.

Overall Streetscape Conceptual Design – North Tryon Street between Dalton Ave and Matheson Ave

You can access a copy of the complete Call For Artists for this project here –

https://www.artsandscience.org/programs-a-services/public-art-program/calls-to-artists

To learn more about other Our Town funded placemaking projects go to

http://www.arts.gov/national/ourtown/index.php

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