Spectacular Vernacular is a city-wide public arts initiative created to provide funding for civic art and urban design projects within the city of Lakewood. The goal of the program is to incentivize community-driven art and design projects.
Deadline for Proposals: April 9, 2020
Budget: Up to $5,000 for selected projects
Wagar Park Update – March 11, 2020
We are proud to announce the City of Lakewood’s resident-led selection panel identified the team of MKSK as the best and most qualified artist for the social seating arrangement at Wagar Park. MKSK was chosen through a two-part process based on criteria established by the public selection panel, input from students at Harding Middle School, and recommendations by Public Works.
MKSK’s conceptual proposal can be found here.
The City of Lakewood is excited to launch the Art in the Parks Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Wagar Park. This is the first step of a two-step process to select the best and most qualified public artist(s) for a social seating arrangement at Wagar Park.
RFQ Deadline: July 31, 2019
Budget: $50,000; all inclusive, for design, fabrication, and honorarium for finalists
The goal of the Lakewood Art Mural Program (LAMP) is to energize private investment in quality public art in the form of murals that will enhance our commercial corridors and create a sense of place.
Rosewood Avenue Mural Project
In 2017, the City of Lakewood completed their first large-scale public art installation to pilot the closure of Rosewood Avenue for future Wagar Park expansion. A timelapse of the process documents the work completed by the winning artist and Lakewood business, Studio Chartreuse.
Ice Cream Social celebrating the completion of the Street Mural. Photos by Bridget Caswell.
Custom Bike Racks & Bus Stops
Existing infrastructure can also be seen as an opportunity for public art. Custom bike racks have been installed around the city to add interest to our parks and transit waiting environments. RTA has worked with the city to install custom artwork on the bus shelters.
Custom bike racks at Madison Park and outside Lakewood City Hall.
Detroit/Warren Transit Waiting Environment Designed by Sheila Weil & Joseph DeLuca.
Why Public Art?+-
Public Art has the ability to provide aesthetic beauty, to educate and inspire, to stimulate commerce and increase real estate values, to build better citizens and provide for cultural interpretation, to increase tourism and provide other benefits.
In addition, public art: enhances our experience of a place and our quality of life; engenders a sense of pride and community identity; reaches audiences outside of museums, galleries and theaters; adds beauty to everyday life; declares the worth of a place and a time in our shared cultures.
If you have an idea for a permanent or programmatic installation, please contact the Department of Planning and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Art Task Force+-
Who’s on the Task Force?
- Michael Gill
- Elizabeth Grace
- Tiffany Graham
- Lee Norris
- Beth Ryan
- Achala Wali
Task Force Objectives
- Assist with the selection of art installation in Lakewood
- Develop public art strategy options for citywide program
- Research and formulate potential funding options
- Help market, support, fundraise for public art
- Report findings to Council
City council presentation
In the news+-
- New Mural Brings ‘Graphic Positivity’ to Lakewood’s Rosewood Avenue
- Future so bright: Five public art projects brightening Cleveland’s landscape
- Big and Bold – Lakewood Partners with Local Design Firm on Public Art Street Mural Project
- City of Lakewood Seeking Applicants for Public Art Task Force
- Lakewood Public Art Task Force Hosting First Meeting in 2016
- Put Your Money Where your Art Is, Santa Fe Reporter, September 6, 2015
- In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads, Michigan Radio, Kate Wells, March 4, 2014
- Collaborative, Creative Placemaking: Good Public Art Depends on Good Public Spaces, Project for Public Spaces, F. Kent and C. Nikitin
- Why Public Art is Important, The Dirt, Uniting the Environment, Jared Green 10-15-2012
- The Financial Case for Public Art, The Atlantic CityLab, Dan Rosenfeld, 5-28-12
- How Public Art Affects Real Estate Values, Butler Burgher Group, 2-15-2015
- How Art Economically Benefits Cities, Project for Public Spaces, 1-1-2009
- Public Art Has Positive Economic Impact, Athens Banner Herald, John R. Caldwell, 3-21-12
- Public Art Master Plan 2013 (Lakewood, CO)
- Guide to Public Art (Lakewood, CO)
- Kent Public Art Master Plan (Kent State University)