Strengthening Vermont Communities with Public Art

Strengthening Vermont Communities with Public Art


[Music] Anne Watson: We have all these structures already in
town. We could think of them effectively as blank canvases that are
waiting to be enlivened. [Music] Mary Lacy: I was always drawn to that wall.
I’ve always been drawn that wall. I’m passionate about murals and public
art for the, you know, sense of placemaking To put something that
makes you doubletake and be like Where am I? You know, what town am I in? Maybe there’s something going on in this town I should stop for? What is this? Tricia Follert: To me, public art has created
discussion in our community. It has created a vibrancy that
we didn’t have here five years ago. It’s a place that people want to be. They want to live there. They want to work there. They want to play there. [Music] Kevin Casey: Public art is one of those pieces that
sets you apart from other communities and the community that embraces it is seen as engaged and an exciting place to be. Kevin Barry: Just in the last year we have two new
businesses that have started and both of them have felt the new energy that’s
coming around in Bethel and the fish and the different art projects are
clearly part of that. We actually have people moving here that wouldn’t have
thought of Bethel four or five years ago. [Music] Anne Watson: These are the kinds of things that are
investments in our community and can have economic rewards in terms of the
vitality of our towns. One of the indicators of whether or not a downtown is healthy is if they have experiential elements and art is inherently experiential. Karen Nevin: Today has finally arrived after eight
months of planning with Phillip and after two years of planning as a community.
We’re excited that the sculpture is going up. We’ve seen it, envisioned it,
dreamed it and believed it. Phillip Godenschwager: I think I started out with like sixteen buildings and we eventually whittled it down to what the town and the committee felt
were the most important and also responded to different segments of the
town; the business community, the education community,
industrial community and we tried to tie everybody together. Theresa Wood: You know these pieces come
together into a puzzle
that makes our community whole and this is one piece of
that puzzle. Jean Jankauskas: If you have people coming here say that silos are their destination – let’s go look at the silos we read about it in
the paper and they do, and then well what else shall we do?
There’s the greenway, there’s the rail trail, there’s the art galleries,
there’s great food all over the place. Justin Marsh:I think all these little things are like the
perfect recipe for a thriving community. Jean Jankauskas: They pulled from history and
they tried to envision future. It’s living art. What’s on the silos is all around you. Kevin Casey:What we’re seeing now is realizing that
kind of civic responsibility to provide public spaces that are inspiring, that
are beautiful, that encourage community.

1 Comment

  • teresa davis says:

    Bravo to all of these wonderful public art initiatives! They give individuals and communities a strong sense of place and uplift our daily lives. We need more of this!

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