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Siuslaw News | Discover Florence’s public art through a self-guided tour

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May 25, 2022 — The City of Florence Public Art Committee (PAC) has partnered with local volunteers and

Oregon Coast Quests to create a Florence Public Art Quest, a self-guided educational experience about art, local culture, and architecture in historic Old Town Florence.

Oregon Coast Quests is a program under the Sea Grant Program of Oregon State University’s Extension Program. Quests are fun, free-form learning adventures that use clues and hints to encourage participants to discover the natural, cultural, and historical treasures of a place and community. Suitable for all ages, self-guided quests allow lifelong learners to explore the outdoors in new ways and at their own pace. At the end of each interpretation quest, participants find a hidden box containing a logbook to sign and a hand-engraved stamp to mark their accomplishment.

“Oregon Coast Quests inspired us to create the Florence Public Art Quest for our community and visitors to showcase our public art. People can move forward at their own pace, learn new things, and be inspired by what they experience” , said Jo Beaudreau, co-chair of the public art committee, who learned about Questing through Dina Pavlis and Jo-Ann Curtola and their work with Vision Quest.

“One of the purposes of the Quest is to provide Questers with a broader base of art and culture that is found right here in Florence. In rural communities, residents may have fewer opportunities to expand their understanding and their knowledge of arts and culture due to lack of exposure and resources Florence Public Art Quest can be adapted for school trips, senior living centers, multiple individuals or larger groups questing at the same time, or people traveling alone. It was also created so that visitors of all ages and backgrounds can experience Florence,” said Beaudreau.

The Public Art Committee has worked to make the public art quest as accessible as possible by conducting several tests with a large test group, including members of the community with disabilities.

“The Florence Public Art Quest is unique in nature as it is ongoing, collaborative, multi-level educational and entertaining,” added local artist Patricia Williams, who worked with PAC to create the quest.

On Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers from the Public Arts Committee will be at the Siuslaw Harbor Boardwalk to help guide people through the Art Quest and celebrate the quest launch.

PAC also wanted to ensure it was a timeless quest, so efforts were made to allow for flexibility with changes in our region. Oregon Coast Quests books are revised and published every two years. Florence’s Public Art Quest will be featured in the next book, to be released in early 2023. The current Oregon Coast Quest book is available for purchase from Books ‘n’ Bears at 1255 Bay St .

A free Florence Public Art Quest document will be available at the Florence Events Center (715 Quince St.), BeauxArts Fine Art Materials (2285 Highway 101 Ste. H), Florence Regional Arts Alliance (120 Maple St.), Siuslaw Public Library ( 1460 9th St.), Books ‘n’ Bears (1255 Bay St.) and the Siuslaw News (148 Maple St.).

Visit www.ci.florence.or.us/bc-pac/florence-public-art-quest for more information on the Florence Public Art Quest.

More information about Oregon Coast Quests can be found on their website: seagrant.oregonstate.edu/education/quests.

PAC was created in 2015 by the City Council of Florence. PAC’s mission is to integrate art into the daily life of our community, inspiring extraordinary creative expression by enhancing the vitality, economy and diversity of Florence through the arts.

Questions regarding the Public Arts program can be directed to Sarah Moehrke, Senior Economic

Development Analyst, via [email protected] or 541-991-8276.