May 3 public session at Sarasota City Hall to focus on Public Art Plan

Individuals invited to ask questions and offer comments

On Wednesday, May 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., during a gathering at Sarasota City Hall, members of the public are invited to learn about the Public Art Plan for Sarasota, the City of Sarasota has announced.

The session will afford individuals an opportunity to explore possibilities, ask questions and offer comments, a news release notes.

City Hall stands at 1565 First St. in downtown Sarasota.

City staff will provide attendees a brief presentation, detailing the Public Art Plan process, which began in January 2022 and involved more than 50 meetings “with stakeholders and engagement exercises with artists, business owners and the general public,” the release adds. “Possible initiatives, such as light as art, alley activation and temporary art, will be highlighted through display panels,” the release says.

“The Public Art Plan includes strategies, objectives and guiding principles to build a cohesive, inclusive and robust public art program throughout the city,” the release continues. “It offers recommendations to help prioritize opportunities to best serve the community,” the release explains.

“The Public Art Plan was created over the past year with input from the community to provide guidance, structure and inspiration for creative and impactful placemaking within Sarasota,” said Mary Davis Wallace, who heads up the Public Art Plan initiative, in the release. “This will build upon our reputation as a cultural arts community and position Sarasota as a leading city for public art experiences,” she added in the release.

Extensive community outreach is planned with neighborhood groups and stakeholders prior to the presentation of the Public Art Plan to the City Commission late this year, the release notes.

More information about the Public Art Program is available at