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Kennesaw Commission Tasked to Oversee Public Art Projects

A commission comprised of seven local residents has been appointed by the Mayor and Council to review and oversee public art exhibits and encourage and support art and cultural exchange within the community.

A commission comprised of seven local residents has been appointed by the Mayor and Council to review and oversee public art exhibits and encourage and support art and cultural exchange within the community.

Members include a practicing architect, an art educator, an art foundation member, a business owner, a member of the Kennesaw Development Authority, and two residents. They will be tasked with determining what qualities the city wants to express with its future art and will have approval authority over projects.

The commission was formed in response to an ordinance recently passed by the Kennesaw Mayor and Council.  According to the ordinance, the benefits of public art include improved aesthetics, avenues for original artistic expression, public access to works of art, and community building through the presence of art of cultural, historic, or social significance. The ordinance establishes a commission whose members provide expertise and artistic objectivity to a formal review process.


“We hope the commission will find and place art that portrays the city’s history, vision, and spirit,” said Zoning Administrator and commission advisor Darryl Simmons. “We’d like to promote local artists as much as possible and give them an outlet for their display.”

by city of Kennesaw
Mrs Lyon December 14, 2013 at 09:10 AM
With all due respect, I prefer that Kennesaw not look like Little Five Points or Cabbage Town. The Draft Minutes of Meeting, posted a few days ago, revealed a very disturbing reality of our town becoming the canvas for a hodgepodge of eyesores. Please see the styles of "art" proposed for murals on the buildings of Pisano's - www.trekmathews.com Ben Robertson Community Center - www.blackcattips.com Eaton's Chiropractic - www.plfpaint.com Main St Drugs - www.gregmike.com These proposed artists and styles certainly do not reflect our fine city. Also note the image/art contradiction as described in MDJ article in November. http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24023307/article-Kennesaw-to-nurture-public-art
Joe Bozeman December 14, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Mrs Lyon, I agree with you totally. I also share your concerns. I had a lot to do with the TRUE Historical art displayed in the pedestrian tunnel under the railroad tracks. The pictures there are from a true professional artist and historian, Wilbur Kurtz. I predict this new commission will tacky up our town with "art" that will be little better than graffiti. I suggest the city display this stuff at the skate park in Swift Cantrell and leave our downtown section alone. We have enough eyesores in the downtown section already. There are sign ordinances in effect now and I hope these will be adhered to.
Mrs Lyon December 15, 2013 at 08:42 AM
The return of honest and respectable camaraderie is the key.
Mrs Lyon December 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM
www.trekmatthews.com (my apologies, I missed a letter when typing the web link above.)

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