This public artwork designed by artist Heather Clark in collaboration with MIT includes an outdoor ampitheatre.
The purpose of this project was to create an engaging public artwork that could be programmed as an art center as well.
The Frederick Arts Council worked as the fiscal agent during construction and then made the community arts events, and maintenance of the piece, a program of the council. There were dozens of partners and thousands of in-kind donations that made this project possible. It became an exemplar project for our Public Arts Plan.
The project has won an NEA Our Town Award, a CODAworx finalist recognition, an Americans for the Arts PAN Year in Review Award, a Historic Preservation Community Leadership Award and has been featured in the Washington Post and in Public Art Review as well as in the National Governors Association Art and the Economy Report.
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