Master plan review—
We began by reviewing the Kent Public Arts Master Plan created by LAND Studio in 2014 to better understand the larger goals and context of the arts both in the city and on the university. We compiled a set of key takeaways.
We invited stakeholders from the City of Kent to participate in a creative brainstorming workshop to plot out the current processes in place for bringing public art into the city. The workshop revealed an overview of a current stakeholders involved in implementing public artworks in the city.
Project ideation + selection—
After forming a list of potential projects and descriptions in collaboration with city stakeholders, projects were selected to begin building on the Kent Public Arts Master Plan.
After our initial research, we wanted to help bring each selected project to fruition, as well as continue to partner with the City and Main Street Kent to promote the arts and get the community involved.
Kent has a rich history, as well as a vibrant growing community that can be used as a driving force behind public art pieces. Programming and arts series can be formed around telling these stories throughout the city.
Engage the community—
Kent has a deeply involved community that cares about being collaborative. Additionally, many assets already existed to be catalyzed: art galleries, artists, university students and faculty, and community members.
Focus on place—
A primary goal for Kent was to be focused on creating a rich environment throughout the various districts it has—both downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods. Public art needn’t simply be murals, but should take on many forms through public infrastructure such as benches, signage, crosswalks, or facades.