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“The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed... because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.”
― Leonard Bernstein

“Don't you ever mind," she asked suddenly, "not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?”
― Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

When a decision is made to create new public art in a community, it doesn’t happen overnight. The process from the beginning of the idea to the final mounting of the work often takes years, involving fundraising, community interaction, and working with various contractors and government agencies and officials. It requires serious time commitments for everyone involved: the artists, the government, private organizations, and community members.

Take the example of the Old Palm City neighborhood of Palm City, Florida, located on the banks of the St. Lucie River in Martin County. In the county’s Community Redevelopment Area Plan for Old Palm City, inadequate stormwater management was a key issue, impacting the quality of the water supply. The community’s location near the Florida Everglades provided an opportunity to not only address the stormwater
management problem, but also to tie the project to the community’s relationship with the St. Lucie River and surrounding environs. Four neighborhood sites were cited as primary spots to treat the stormwater drainage. This was the beginning of the project known as Ripple.

Download the full NEA Arts No 2 2018 publication for the whole story...

Missed the Wildlife in Art Cultural Conversation sponsored by Wilmington Trust? Cultural Conversations is a series presented by the Arts Council of Martin County to initiate and encourage conversations about the arts, in many forms. Listen and watch as artists, Guy Coheleach and Geoffrey Smith talk about their passion, their art, their travels, and their friendship. The conversation held March 22, 2018, was moderated by Nerissa Okiye, Martin County Office of Tourism. Thanks to MCTV for the video!

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