Clare will host a series of rotating art installations as part of the creation of an arts walk through the arts and culture district of downtown Clare.
This effort will be made possible through a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Clare County Arts Council announced today. The campaign is offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
If the campaign meets its crowdfunding goal of $ 25,000 by September 23, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces program. For project details and to donate, please visit: patronicity.com/clareart.
“The Clare Art Sculpture Walk will not only provide a place to gather and spend time, but will also showcase the art of local artists and showcase the creativity of the region,” said Senior Vice President of Community Development from MEDC, Michele Wildman. “We are delighted to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program. “
The Art Sculpture Walk in downtown Clare will become a space for year-round outdoor public art and sculpture exhibitions with a series of new sculptures added each year. This effort is being led by the County Clare Arts Council in partnership with the City of Clare, the Middle Michigan Development Corporation and many local businesses, to establish an outdoor art sculpture walk in downtown town of Clare. The Art Sculpture Walk builds on the area’s Clare’s Art Alley community art project and is an opportunity to showcase highly talented artists from across the Midwest.
This campaign will finance the creation of the artistic march, the preparation of the site and the allowances to the artists. Once the walk is over, a public choice vote will take place to allow people to vote for their favorite sculpture. The best public choice sculpture can be purchased through the County Clare Arts Council for permanent display at a location in the Town of Clare. This will gradually increase the permanence of art across the city while providing an artistic and cultural experience.
The Clare County Arts Council is pleased to participate in the Public Spaces Community Places program alongside Patronicity to raise the funds needed to push the Clare Art Sculpture Walk the last distance to launch the outdoor art venue in the city center. de Clare, ”said Carol Santini, chair of the County Clare Arts Council. “We are very grateful that Michigan Economic Development Corporation has agreed to contribute up to $ 25,000 towards our fundraising efforts. This exhibition will be accessible to all and will provide exceptional interactive art experiences for visitors to downtown Clare. “
Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of MEDC, Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to participate in the development of strategic projects in their communities and be supported by a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits, and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.
“The Michigan Municipal League strongly believes in building community wealth in a way that builds on existing assets and improves the human experience for everyone,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the League. “This public art effort in Clare is building community wealth in action. With the support of the Clare area community, the Art Sculpture Walk downtown will enhance the human experience for all for years to come. This is what building community wealth is. “