Where Great Ideas Grow artist meeting

As we have seen a multitude of public art projects pop up in cities everywhere, it is evident that their popularity is derived from the way they promote excitement in tourism and economic development, display artistic expression, build a feeling of community, and heighten awareness as well as support of the arts. We have seen fiberglass cows in New York, Chicago, and Kansas City, elephants and donkeys in Washington, D.C., the J. Does in Omaha and steel bikes in our own state capital's Tour de Lincoln.

Beginning in the Spring of 2013, Nebraska City will sprout a new kind of forest as 25 six-foot tall 'trees', designed by high school students and art professionals, and almost 40 four-foot 'trees', designed by Nebraska City public and parochial school students, will appear and promote Nebraska City, Where Great Ideas Grow.

Interested area professional and emerging artists are encouraged to attend an informational artist meeting:

Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
Old Historic City Hall
920 O Street, Lincoln, NE

Video of the first artist meeting will be posted online for those unable to attend.

Maquettes must be received by November 30, 2012 to be considered for inclusion in this public art project. The maquettes can be purchased for a nominal fee at either artist informational meeting or by contacting Liz Shea-McCoy, An Enchanted Arboretum Project Coordinator by email or (402) 601-6113. A schedule of important dates, along with an image of the maquette and more information can be found on An Enchanted Arboretum's website. Official guidelines and an application forms are available at www.enchantedarboretum.org.

This project is being headed by the ARTS ARE BASIC aesthetic education partner program of Doane College and a committee of key individuals from Nebraska City, representing the Arbor Day Foundation, city and school officials, Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, Nebraska City Economic Development Corporation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and other citizens of Nebraska City.

Wednesday Oct 03, 2012 | 02:00 amFriday Sep 28,2012 | 02:00 am


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