By now, many Jackson Hole arts personalities and organizations have heard the news that on March 18th, the Jackson Town Council created a Public Art Task Force. That new entity will have an official relationship with JH Public Art, and Carrie Geraci was named Public Art Coordinator. The step bolsters JH Public Art’s efforts to establish “systematic review of all public art projects proposed in the valley,” providing a “second layer of review” that places community and public safety as top priorities.
Geraci sent out the call to anyone interested in working with the Public Art Task force, an opportunity to be involved in the direction and quality of public art going forward. An interesting prospect, and I sent Geraci some questions about how the Task Force would work and what how JH Public Art, a non-profit, would be incorporated into Town planning for public art.
Geraci says the task force will will consist of approximately seven individuals, and positions are voluntary. Geraci estimates that the number of task force meetings per year could count anywhere from two to 12, depending on need.
“The task force reviews the annual capital improvement projects of the Town and makes a recommendation to the Town on what projects might be beneficial to include public art,” explained Geraci. “The ‘Annual Art in Public Spaces Plan (APP)’ will also recommend suggested maintenance [of the art]. The APP will be created based on criteria outlined in Public Art Guidelines. The Mayor and Council vote on whether to approve the project. The task force will also review projects [undertaken] by private developers or entities in public spaces.”
As far as distinguishing between Town and non-profit status, Geraci says she is effectively a project-by-project contract laborer for the Town. When working for the Town, she is coordinator. As non-profit director for JH Public Art, she provides services not paid for by the Town; those include organizing task force meetings, working on the APP plan, and “leveraging private investment in projects when necessary, appropriate or possible.”
“One of the benefits of this approach is that we are able to integrate public art at the earliest point in the project; this helps increase quality and efficiency and coordination with town staff,” says Geraci. “It also gives us the ability to recommend pooling smaller projects into a single place, [which we see as] fiscally responsible and saves time and money.”
Interested in applying for the new task force? There is more to learn! Contact Carrie Geraci at [email protected], or phone 307-413-1474.
Keen to apply? Contact Carrie Geraci for details.