The St. Catharines Public Art Advisory Committee is a volunteer committee established to advise and assist City Council and staff on the development and management of the Civic Art Collection and all public art programs developed using City resources, property or land. The Committee will act as advocates for public art on behalf of the City within the community, and provide informed perspectives on public art-related matters within the municipality.
The following vision statement is from the Public Art Policy as approved by Council in 2003:
Visually beautiful cities stimulate a sense of pride and commitment. Through its Public Art Policy the City of St. Catharines strives to create vibrant public spaces that reflect the diversity of our community, and engage its residents and visitors with quality works of public art.
The City of St. Catharines seeks to encourage all those who care about the community to participate in making art, collecting it and commissioning it.
The City's public art projects and acquisitions will be assessed and developed according to the following goals:
The Public Art Advisory Committee shall be comprised of up to 9 members from the community, City Council and staff, and organizational representatives, as follows:
The committee should include individuals with a variety of relevant skill sets, knowledge and experience and consideration should be given to representation from Rodman Hall Art Centre, the Niagara Artists Centre and other relevant local visual arts organizations. Priority should be given to those with a professional visual arts or design background. Where possible, the Committee should reflect the diversity of our community, in such considerations as age, gender, ethnoculture, socio-economics, etc.
The Public Art Advisory Committee may strike other subcommittees as required. A member of the Committee shall act as chair for each subcommittee which can be comprised of Committee members and non-members where appropriate. All Public Art Selection Panels developed for City-led projects must be chaired by a member of PAAC. Panel composition will be developed by PAAC in consultation with staff.
The Public Art Advisory Committee is currently developing a Public Art Procurement Process. The committee is excited to have Kernel Memory by artist Laura Moore installed as part of the City Hall Sculpture Program on the James Street Lawn. Members are part of the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Arts Award Design Task Force and the Arts Award Design Task Force. They are currently accepting submissions for the 10th Annual Juried Exhibition.
Coun. Mark Elliott
Lesley Bell (Chair)
Peter Vietgen (Culture Committee)
Rebecca Cann, Cultural Planning Supervisor
Scott Ritchie, Urban Design Planner
Jennifer Tupling, Culture Co-ordinator
The Public Art Advisory Committee typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at City Hall.