Kingsport wants your thoughts on public art

Matthew Lane • Jun 26, 2018 at 12:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Whether it evokes an emotion or a memory or if it manages to wash the dust off your soul, art can mean many different things to many different people.

So if you enjoy art — specifically art in public places — then the city of Kingsport is interested in hearing from you.

Kingsport’s Office of Cultural Arts is holding a second roundtable discussion Tuesday evening to hear input from the community on a Public Art Master Plan the city is currently working on. The session will be held at 5 p.m. in room 230 of the Kingsport Renaissance Center.

“People are welcome to come and share ideas and get inspiration from what people would like to see happen,” said Bonnie Macdonald, director of the office of cultural arts.

Kingsport’s public art program was created in 2006 and includes a “Percent for Art” Ordinance and a Public Art Committee. The committee created Sculpture Walk in 2007 and has annually exhibited contemporary outdoor sculptures for more than 10 years.

Kingsport has also embraced the idea of having more murals throughout the town and other unusual displays, such as the painted and decorated upright pianos in downtown.

The master plan will be the city’s guiding document for public art all across town, not just in the downtown area.

“People are very interested in seeing (public art) continue, to see (art) like they’ve seen in other communities and to introduce similar art to our community,” Macdonald said. “Public art should be everywhere.”

For more information, visit EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8414.