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Workshops to explore future of murals in Model City

From staff reports • Aug 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invited the public this week to explore mural making potential with Jon Pounds, executive director emeritus of Chicago Public Art Group. Pounds will be in Kingsport Aug. 9-12 to conduct a two-part workshop for area artists and arts educators and to give a presentation to the public.

The Art in the Heart Gallery (246 Broad St.) will host a reception for Pounds and the Kingsport Public Art Committee on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. At 6 p.m., Pounds will give a small presentation on mural making and public art.

The reception is free and open to the public.

“Murals and public art can bring a new vibrancy to a downtown and surrounding areas,” said Cultural Arts Administrator Bonnie Macdonald. “They help create a sense of community, encourage walking and generate visual interest.”

Along with a reception, two workshops are being held by Pounds. Community and Public Art for art teachers is part 1 of the workshop and will be held on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will discuss how different materials can be used in school settings to create public art projects. Participants will develop a design for a specific site and consider the design implications of budget, calendar and other relevant local factors.

Public Art for Teachers and Artists is part 2 and will be held on Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. It will discuss how the creation of a public art project that encourages high levels of community involvement requires a unique blending of curriculum, design, social interaction and knowledge of materials. The workshop will consider what materials and processes would be most engaging to the community of Kingsport.

Lunch will be provided on Wednesday. Space for the workshop sessions is limited. To sign up or for more information on the workshops, please call (423) 392-8414.

This workshop is made possible from a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Pounds’ early public work involved creating site specific, non-permission, street installations. After joining Chicago Public Art Group, he created collaborative and permissioned public artworks. Pounds has presented workshops on public art and community design processes in San Francisco, Columbia, New Orleans, Boston, Cleveland, Portland and many other cities.

Pounds has served as consultant to public art organizations in places as varied as the Quad Cities, Philadelphia, New York City and Covington, Kentucky. At the end of 2015, Pounds became executive director emeritus of Chicago Public Art Group and continues to work locally, nationally and internationally in the field.