Public Art Project

MCANINCH ARTS CENTER’S NEW FOUR-YEAR PUBLIC ART PROJECT GETS GREENLIGHT FROM COD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Village of Glen Ellyn to be Initial Community for Pilot Projects

GLEN ELLYN, Ill.— A new four-year Public Art Project proposed by the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) was recently approved by the College of DuPage Board of Trustees in its October meeting. The DuPage Public Arts Project will span four years, 2021-2024 with the goal to initiate public art events and art installations during that period.

At the July 16 Board of Trustees Meeting, the Board approved a new Strategic Long-Range Plan for College of DuPage, spanning July 2021 through June 2026. The plan, presented by COD President Dr. Brian Caputo, named Arts and Culture as a pillar. In support of the strategic plan, MAC Director Diana Martinez proposed DuPage Public Arts Project.

I am extremely grateful for the vision and support of the Board in approving our proposal. College of DuPage and the MAC recognize that public art is essential to creating inspiring communities, improving livability, adding uniqueness, and helping culture thrive,” said Martinez. “Now, more than any time in recent history we have a need for the arts to uplift our spirits and invigorate our creativity.

The mission of the DuPage Public Arts Project is threefold. It aims to:
1) infuse public art and culture throughout the 38 communities in District 502, including Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Oak Brook, Naperville and Wheaton;
2) help to develop committees of public art throughout the district to carry the mission forward after the partnership ends; and
3) improve the cultural landscape and livability of the area.

Funding for the DuPage Public Arts Project will be provided by a matching grant approach.

One half of the funding will be provided by the MAC in the amount of up to $15,000 per year for up to a two-year period. That will be matched by a participating community partner in the amount of $15,000 per year for the period.

The Village Manager, Mark Franz and President, Diane McGinley of Glen Ellyn have agreed to be the test pilot community and commit the matching $15,000. A few proposed ideas under consideration for Glen Ellyn include Chalk-Art Day with visiting artists from throughout the country and a variety of murals. Tentative locations for the Glen Ellyn projects include the Taylor Ave. Pedestrian Tunnel, the Glen Ellyn Central Business District pedestrian walkway and the Metra train station.

Martinez and Cleve Carney Museum of Art Curator Justin Witte will meet quarterly with The Village of Glen Ellyn, the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Alliance representatives to create an advisory group to recommend projects and areas in need of art and improvement. Communities without a public art program will be prioritized in the selection process by the MAC Leadership team.

Public art works improve our communities,” said Witte. “They enrich the visual and cultural landscapes in which we live while providing opportunity and exposure to the artists working in our cities, towns and villages. I am tremendously appreciative of the Board for supporting the College of DuPage and the McAninch Arts Center as we partner with our local community leaders to bring public art projects to all DuPage County residents.”

For more information, including how to apply for consideration, contact Diana Martinez at martinezd59@COD.edu.