Vote for the Next Public Art Project

July 8, 2011

The Frederick Arts Council is one step closer to announcing which icon or symbol will serve as the next temporary art project.  After receiving 28 different suggestions from the general public, the organization has narrowed the list down to five finalists based on various criteria, including connection to the community, reproducibility, and artistic capacity.


Before a decision is made, local residents have an opportunity to weigh in on which one is their favorite.  The five finalists include Clustered Spires, a dog, The Jug Bridge Monument, a cow, or a covered bridge.  


The selected icon/symbol will be announced in early August.  After that, the organization will begin to solicit artists and sponsors for the project, with the temporary art project being going on public display in Spring 2012.  This project is a follow-up to the highly successful Keys to Frederick project which took place in 2007.  This unique public art project captivated residents and tourists in the Frederick area that still have people talking today.  At that time, thirty large fiberglass keys decorated by local and regional artists were placed on the streets of historic downtown Frederick. 


We really appreciate the suggestions made by the community for this project.  There were a lot of good ideas and we look forward to continued public participation as we move forward with the next project.


As the project progresses, the Frederick Arts Council is also looking for individuals, groups, and businesses that want to be involved in the effort.  The organization is seeking volunteers for the planning committee and other activities relating to the project as well as potential artists and sponsors.  The first sponsor, the Tourism Council of Frederick County, has already come on board as the first one.  However, formal solicitation of sponsorships will not start until after the icon is announced.


Public art projects of this nature celebrate the important role the arts play in communities by making the arts visible and accessible to everyone.  The Keys to Frederick project really excited and engaged the community and we expect the next one to be no different.  It is projects like this that invigorate the arts scene and demonstrate that Frederick is an arts destination. 


The deadline to vote is August 1st. Click here to vote: