City of Suwanee Announces Public Art Capital Campaign
‘Art for All’ Seeks to Fund Public Art Pieces for Expanded Town Center Park
The City of Suwanee has announced their first-ever capital campaign for public art. The Art for All campaign seeks to raise $1.25 million in private contributions to support the inclusion of three new public art pieces in the Town Center Park Expansion.
Suwanee’s public art – and the vibrant, distinctive community that comes with it – is funded entirely through sponsor support; no tax dollars are used. The city completed a fundraising feasibility study in 2018 and kicked off the Art for All campaign this summer with the first major (and, to date, largest) commitment of $100,000 from Quantum National Bank.
The Art for All campaign has also been chosen by the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia as one of the highlighted nonprofits at its annual Good 2 Give Gala on August 17. The event will host 700 philanthropic Gwinnettians and bring additional awareness to campaign.
Suwanee has long been passionate about supporting the arts. The city launched a successful public art initiative in 2008 with the creation of its Public Arts Commission and adopted a policy of encouraging developers to include public art in their projects and pledged the city to do the same. Since then, the city has welcomed over a dozen artworks placed by developers on their properties. In 2015, a public art master plan was implemented that envisions a community full of interesting, creative public art that enhances the quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses in the area.
“People realize the arts are a big economic development piece. When a company decides where it’s going to move or grow, it looks to arts and culture, especially in the Atlanta region,” said Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center.
The city recently committed $16 million to fund an extension of Town Center Park; upon completion, this public space will be one of the largest urban parks in metro Atlanta. The additional $1.25 million will fund three signature art pieces – an interactive, signature installation; a gateway entrance piece; and an installation in the railroad underpass – which will provide the margin of excellence above and beyond the basic infrastructure of the park, and act as a catalyst to transform the project from a park to a place.
Cities have long considered public art a key component of a vibrant community — an essential element of placemaking and city design, a tool for promoting community connectedness and economic development, and a means of providing people with unique experiences.
“While Suwanee provides the infrastructure of new parks and green spaces, it is the support of private citizens and businesses that provides the public art that has played such a significant role in what Suwanee does, what Suwanee is, and how Suwanee is viewed,” said Assistant City Manager Denise Brinson. “With the help of our citizens, we will continue to elevate the role of public art and the impact of artistic engagement in our community.”
For more information regarding the City of Suwanee’s Art for All capital campaign, visit Suwanee.com or contact Assistant City Manager Denise Brinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-904-3385.