Representatives from the Ohio Arts & Crafts Foundation and the Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival met with Guernsey County Commissioners on Monday to discuss a potential community art project.
The project would be funded by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Foundation President Brenda Taylor and Carol Wilcox-Jones asked if the county would be interested in such a project with all of the funding provided by the Ohio Arts Council Community Project Award.
If chosen, the grant will provide $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 for the design of an art project by a professional artist and the production of the work by local artists.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Commissioner Jack Marlin.
Taylor and Wilcox-Jones asked whether commissioners would be willing to have a mural or banner painted in the Guernsey County Administrative Building or the Wheeling Avenue Courthouse in downtown Cambridge.
“I think there would be more foot traffic in the administration building and the lighting would be better here,” Commissioner Skip Gardner said before the group visited the ground floor in search of a potential location for the fresco.
A letter of interest is required from the Ohio Arts Council no later than November 1 to begin the application process.
“They will respond with more information if we are one of the shortlisted finalists and the project is due for completion between January 1 and June 30 of next year,” Wilcox-Jones explained.
The group contacted local school districts to explore the opportunity for a collaborative project with students.
“Three of the schools responded to our request,” Wilcox-Jones said.
The commissioners were assured that a mural or a banner would not be a commercial advertisement and that a historical theme is being considered. The group also discussed a project to recognize local military veterans.
The Ohio Arts Council was established in 1965 to foster and encourage the development of the arts and help preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage.
Taylor and Wilcox-Jones also briefed commissioners regarding the 2021 Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival in Cambridge City Park, calling it a “real success.”
“We didn’t know what to expect this year, but we were very happy and people were buying things which made the sellers happy,” Wilcox-Jones said.
The group received around 60% of participant polls, most with positive feedback. Some included suggestions for future festivals, and only a few contained negative comments or complaints.
In other cases:
The Commissioners approved a Title XX Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) transfer and a Title XX Core Grants Funding Memorandum of Understanding between the County Employment and Family Services Department of Guernsey and the Children’s Services Board from October 1 to September 30, 2022, in the amount of $ 400,000.
They also approved a highway maintenance agreement between the county and the Ohio Gathering Company LLC.
Finally, the commissioners attended the inauguration of the Brunch Box on Glenn Highway west of Cambridge.
Guernsey County Commissioners meet every Monday and Wednesday in the County Administrative Building on Wheeling Avenue in downtown Cambridge. Call the office, 740-432-9200, for more information.