Evaluation of Accomplishments

2009 Key Recommendations Accomplished as of 2015 Still to Accomplish
Focus on core values
1. Significance
Focus resources, including funds and administrative time, on projects with significant impact. Commission larger-scale works that are highly visible
Three large-scale sculptures commissioned at City Park, City Hall Plaza and City Hall entry. No further purchases of small-scale works. Six murals of varying sizes completed in highly visible locations. City Planning, Economic Development, Community Development staff are collaborating with the Arts Program on identifying additional public art funding Current sculptures are primarily to "look at" (not interactive) with little activity at the pedestrian level. City Park sculpture still needs lighting. Significant, consistent funding for public art is still lacking
2. Artistic excellence Commission skilled and experienced artists who craft work of high artistic quality that is sensitive to both the site and the community Competitive selection processes have resulted in experienced and skilled artists, in permanent and temporary sculpture and as performers in Ten Tiny Dances Mural quality is varied since artist selection is the role of the mural program applicant
3. Diversity
Beaverton’s ethnic diversity is a resource in creating a rich urban environment. Public art projects should welcome ethnic and culturally specific communities and involve them in arts planning.
The public art collection should also include artwork of diverse media, scales and styles
Ten Tiny Dances is recognized as a model for the inclusion of ethnic traditions along with contemporary arts programming. Celebrate Beaverton has benefitted from the success of Ten Tiny Dances.
Public Art collection has extended to diverse scales and styles
Permanent and temporary sculpture projects have not included diverse artists or women, or selected works that address the specific history, styles, or issues of these people. (Mural artists have been women and Latino.)
RECOMMENDED STEPS
Mobilize and lead
The City’s Arts Program should take leadership in identifying opportunities, providing technical assistance, and educating about public art Public art has achieved a higher visibility. Public and private agencies look to the Arts Program as a resource to assist City Departments to include art in project planning Inclusion of art in THPRD parks through the Parks Advisory Committee was unrealized. Need to emphasize the value of integrating public art with park projects. Increase staff capacity to develop partnerships, identify opportunities, and manage projects
Create destinations with permanent artworks that build community pride Sculptures at City Park and City Hall Projects successfully completed
Focus artwork on the broader downtown area, to help to create an identifiable city center. Once the identity of the downtown core is established, the creation of inviting gateways to the city might further express local identity Sculptures at City Park and City Hall. Temporary sculpture placed at Progress Ridge to recognize a new area of the city Projects successfully completed
Strengthen the historic downtown with artwork that reinforces this historic center. Use art to support gathering and performance spaces Participation in planning for Broadway Festival Street. Five murals in the historic district were completed Broadway Festival Street did not move forward. Inclusion of public art in streetscape or with an Arts and Culture Center is a huge opportunity
Plan a major commission in FY 2009-10 to create a landmark in the downtown core "Singing Sky" by Richard Turner in City Park installed Successful project completed
Create processes to ensure that public art is welcoming to all ethnic groups in Beaverton. A Sister Cities Garden is planned for a space near The Round Public art included in the South Plaza project where the Sister City recognition is included See Consultant Recommendations above (Diversity)
Develop capacity
For public art to play a more prominent role in Beaverton, the Arts Program needs additional capacity. This means adding staff or contractors The Arts Program has utilized consultants to plan and manage art projects. Staff has gained expertise in project management and grant writing and is increasingly able to implement its own projects Assign dedicated Arts Program staff to implementation of the public art plan and to serve as the City’s public art point person
Strengthen the capacity of local artists to compete for commissions by providing technical assistance workshops and including them on selection panels A limited number of local artists have participated on selection panels Encourage local artists to participate in RACC or other professional development workshops
Assess the condition of existing public artwork, creating a database for the public art collection. Hire a conservator to recommend a maintenance plan A conservator assessed the conditions where art is currently displayed Artwork has not been relocated. A maintenance plan is not yet developed
Build on what works
Build on the successful activities in City Park. Commission a new work for City Park "Singing Sky" by Richard Turner in City Park installed in 2010 Project successfully completed
Generate excitement with temporary work and artist-led events. Temporary events enliven undervalued places and spark the potential of properties such as The Round and Westgate Ten Tiny Dances debuted in 2009 and quickly became a beloved annual event, activating undervalued locations in the downtown core The Westgate was not used for public events due to liability concerns. There is still a need to identify and use undervalued spaces in innovative ways
Connect public art with community goals. Develop key partnerships and advocate for the inclusion of public art in: Downtown development; City capital improvement projects; City parks, THPRD, the THPRD Foundation; private development; transit; and Beaverton schools "Three Creeks One Will" and "Ribbon Candy" were commissioned for the new City Hall and plaza No projects with: City Parks; THPRD; Tualatin Hills Parks Foundation; private development; Transit; or Beaverton schools. Dedicated staff time in Arts Program needed to accomplish this. Dedicated Arts Program public art staff should carefully monitor the City’s annual capital improvement plan for public art opportunities
Continue the Temporary Sculpture Program funded by Economic Development with one site at Lombard Plaza and one at the Library In 2010-12 temporary sculpture was placed at Lombard and the Library; in 2012-14 at Lombard and Progress Ridge Temporary sculpture not funded in 2015. This is a program with high visibility and value for modest cost
Develop incentives and materials to include public art in private development Not initiated Arts Program staff to work closely with City Community Development
Build partnerships
Work within the City to make public art an aspect of economic development, particularly downtown and urban renewal planning. Develop partnerships with THPRD, TriMet and Beaverton Schools Public art is integrated with the City's signature projects. Support given to THPRD to feature local artist on its catalog cover and to include art in local parks. No artwork was commissioned in parks No current projects with THPRD, TriMet or Beaverton Schools. Dedicated staff needed to accomplish this integration
Increase visibility
Enhance the Arts Program web site to showcase the public art collection, plans and current projects. Develop print and new media materials for a public art walking tour and school curriculum. Upgrade signage and labeling of existing public art, and move forward with the mural program. Use installations or events to generate visibility Arts Program website prominently features public art in its banner and pages. Public art walking tour is online. Five murals have been completed. Temporary sculpture program completed its third two-year placement. Ten Tiny Dances has garnered national and statewide recognition New media art tour and school curriculum to be developed if there is staff capacity
Accelerate implementation of the mural program to gain visibility. Re-evaluate the program in Fall, 2009. Consider putting the matching grant program on hold if it does not meet program goals Five murals developed. Program is successful and meeting goals Mural funding currently on hold
Seize opportunities
Imbed public art in upcoming civic projects. Include siting a permanent artwork at City Park Major sculpture, "Three Creeks One Will", and "Ribbon Candy" installed Project successfully completed
Expand temporary public sculpture program to sites at the Library Temporary sculpture installed for 2 years at the Library Temporary sculpture reach expanded to Progress Ridge.
Integrate artwork into the Metro Greenspaces Grant Trail Initial planning to include art in the Crescent Connection Funding for the trail has been delayed
Activate the Westgate property and The Round with dramatic, temporary artwork City Hall has moved adjacent to the Round with new plaza and artwork Westgate has not been utilized as an art site due to liability concerns
Commission artworks that express environmental sustainability Three Creeks has LED lighting, Ribbon Candy uses Northwest woods Continue with this recommendation
Ensure there is public art in downtown development plans and in a new arts and cultural center Public art is included in urban renewal plans and in plans for a proposed arts and culture center Still in planning stages
Include diverse ethnic communities in the cultural life of the city There has been significant diversity outreach The City’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan is a huge step forward. It is time for Arts Program to step forward with clear actions for reaching culturally-specific groups