Tenino Strengthens Arts Support with Signage Project
- Editor’s note: The Yelm City Council’s recent meetings reflect disarray about the direction of the city’s beautification and arts efforts. Click here for the video of the March 22nd meeting.
- The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) presented a draft Beautification Plan to the city council in July 2015, which was shelved by Mayor Ron Harding. There has been no plan presented publicly since.
- There has been no clear explanation, no clear plan, and no clear reconciliation of council member Terri Kaminski disseminating some of Yelm’s $50,000 budget for the city’s beautification projects, including a proposal using public money for murals placed on private buildings, covered here previously on March 15.
- While Yelm lagged for 7+ years on adopting a Beautification Plan encompassing art, scrappy Tenino down Highway 507, “is getting one step closer to its vision of becoming an arts hub” in south Thurston County.
- And Olympia commissioned local artists to submit artwork to be printed and wrapped around traffic boxes.
The City of Tenino is getting one step closer to its vision of becoming an arts hub by applying for a capital project grant from the Washington State Arts Commission for creative district tourism signage.
“We’ve got the history of being creative as part of our DNA,” Mayor Wayne Fournier recently told The Chronicle, referencing the city’s stone-carving legacy. “We’ve got a lot of people here with a lot of talent. And we’re definitely wanting to support that. Artful communities are healthy communities. They’re more lively. They’re more economically viable and vibrant.”
The Tenino Creative District, which is organized and operated by the City of Tenino, has applied for a $13,800 capital project grant from the commission. In addition, it will receive a $2,000 operating grant this year.…
In 2020, the Washington State Arts Commission certified the Tenino Creative District, making it the seventh certified creative district in the state.
And this in The Olympian this morning:
- Editor’s note: Olympia had a plan, public process and pays artists $500 each for use of their artwork.
“Since 2015, the city of Olympia has commissioned local artists to submit artwork to be printed and wrapped around traffic boxes. There are currently 57 traffic box wraps on display, and 10 more are on their way.
“The Olympia City Council voted Tuesday night to approve 10 designs for the Traffic Box Wrap Public Art Project.
“The designs were voted on by the public through the city’s Engage Olympia webpage in February. More than 1,600 votes were cast on 58 submissions from area artists, and the top 10 were shared with the Arts Commission.
“The city uses money from the Municipal Art Fund to pay artists $500 each for use of their artwork, as well as fabrication and installation costs. This batch of box wraps will be installed by this summer.”