ArtLocal is a new initiative utilizing art and creative thinking in localized public spaces throughout the city of Kettering. Through hands-on workshops, dialogues with residents and special events, ArtLocal will facilitate community participation in the development of a collaborative permanent artwork in non-traditional spaces, reflecting their identity and values.
ArtLocal will commission a permanent, collaborative public artwork that is significant to Oak Park residents and their identity within Kettering. The artwork should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a dynamic recreational space and pedestrian traffic, and can be easily cleaned and maintained.
As a collaborative process, the artist will lead interactive workshops and programs initiate and facilitate a dialogue about the city and the neighborhood, and engage youth, families, veterans and people with disabilities in the creative process (which will be organized with assistance from the Division Manager of Cultural Arts for the City of Kettering).
About the location
Kettering is a suburban city with a population of approximately 55,000 and characterized by socio-economic diversity. The Oak Park neighborhood is located in Northeast Kettering. Oak Park is a 1945 plat development of modest, wood-frame Cape Cod-style homes, with a population of over 1,100. Oak Park was built quickly after WWII to house workers of the General Motors plant, located less than .5 miles away (the plant is now home to Tenneco Inc.).
The Oak Park neighborhood has limited public space, however the city maintains a 3.6 acre park (appropriately named Oak Park), which includes a playground, ball field, shelter and walking path. This is the primary public space in the neighborhood and will be the site of the public art piece. The park is heavily used by residents for daily recreational activities, as well as for neighborhood gatherings in the warmer months.
Kettering’s CitySites is a percent for art program recognizing artistic excellence, accessibility to the arts for all people, and the positive impact of creativity on our community and quality of life in the City of Kettering. View the collection at www.playkettering.org/citysites.
ArtLocal is a new initiative utilizing art and creative thinking in localized public spaces throughout the city of Kettering. Through hands-on workshops, dialogues with residents and special events, ArtLocal will facilitate community participation in the development of a collaborative permanent artwork in public spaces, such as neighborhood parks. ArtLocal is managed by Rosewood Arts Centre and the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department.
ArtLocal goals are:
Connect local artists with a targeted community
Create a collective cultural and creative experience
Alter perceptions of a neighborhood and broaden civic engagement
Enhance a sense of pride, ownership and appreciation of a public artwork
Accessibility of public art to all
Build advocacy for the arts at a local level
In its inaugural year, ArtLocal will work closely with Cities of Service (COS), a City of Kettering program dedicated to innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers and address critical city needs. In 2017-18, COS will be present in the Oak Park neighborhood of Northeast Kettering, and organize neighborhood clean-ups, a community garage sale, and a neighborhood block party.