Town ‘covers up’ in support of public art
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Carbondale Public Arts Commission will kick off its “Carbondale Cover Up” fundraising campaign on Thursday, May 27, by shrouding sculptures all over town.
To raise money for public art, public art around town will be covered with tarps and tape, and for every $500 raised during the month-long campaign, one sculpture will be uncovered.
Individual and group donors who contribute to unveil a specific sculpture will be honored with a plaque on the piece of art, and it will remain in place for a year.
“Art is an important intrinsic value to our community,” said Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) artist liaison Sherrill Stone.
There are 38 pieces of public art in Carbondale’s parks, rights of way and town property. Many of the art pieces are part of the CPAC’s Art aRound Town program, which awards $200 stipends for artists to display their work, Stone explained.
The commission is raising funds so it can increase the stipend to $500 in order to better compete with other towns with similar programs.
Funds will also be used to purchase individual pieces to join the town’s permanent collection.
Stone said that many people are either unaware of the town’s public arts program or have grown accustomed to the sculptures and don’t really notice them anymore.
The idea is that, by covering up the art so that you can’t see it, people will notice that something’s missing and respond, she said.
The CPAC is an all-volunteer group appointed by the Carbondale Town Council and receives most of its funding through the town.
“Unfortunately, town funding was cut in half this year due to budgetary constraints,” Stone said.
Donations to the Carbondale Cover Up campaign can be mailed to the Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC), Box 1501, Carbondale, CO 81623.
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