OFF THE BENCH: After a national search, Actual Size Artworks will design those public works funded bus benches that will double as public art for the Main Street Beautification Project. The Wisconsin based company is headed by Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades. The announcement was made at the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission monthly meeting on Thursday.
USUAL FOLLOW-UP CHAT: Discussion from the board then became about pushback from some artists who wonder why projects with a budget go to outside companies or teams. Dianne Cripe, Visual Arts Specialist for Cultural Affairs, shared the backstory on how the selection process that led to the decision, and added how overall 80 percent of art projects are awarded to Las Vegas artists. Commissioners recommended her notes be posted for artists to read.
OTHER FOLLOW-UP: Also coming out from the meeting were revealed plans for another workshop to help local artists learn how to work with civic departments and join the public art bureaucracy. That will be held sometime this summer. It's a follow-up to the same workshop held in January.
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico