Garnering “direct responses about the future of the arts in Bartow,” Hannah Cook is encouraging area residents to complete a complimentary online survey. Accessible at https://visitcartersvillega.org/artinbartow, the Art in Bartow: Producing, Creating and Advocating for Public Art form will close March 15.
“They will be included in the final study presented for the grant project and as a guide for future decisions and priorities for new art installations,” said Cook, Art in Bartow grant researcher, about the survey’s results. “This is not about a new grant, or anyone asking for grant dollars. The CVB [Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau] has already approved a research grant for Art in Bartow and I am the recipient, who is doing the research process.
“The survey is one part of a yearlong research process where we are identifying the future for Art in Bartow. One important element is to hear from Bartow County residents and visitors about their desires for public art. That is what we're doing through the current survey.”
Comprised of 14 components, the quick survey seeks to obtain a wide array of information, such as an individual’s age bracket, gender and if he or she resides and/or lives or works in Bartow. The form also contains various questions seeking key input. After inquiring “What types of projects would you most like to see?” the form provides the following options — murals; sculptures; performance art; interactive art; art programming/temporary art, speakers/pop-up/special events; functional art, seating/lighting/signage; and educational art.
“Art in Bartow is a committee under the Cultural Arts Alliance,” said Kristy Montgomery, president of the Cartersville/Bartow County Cultural Arts Alliance. “Its purpose is to promote visual art and artists in the community. Prior to its existence, the Cultural Arts Alliance primarily addressed performance arts and dance, but the existence of Art in Bartow has allowed us to promote the visual arts as well.
“The committee is responsible for several arts initiatives, including The Photo Fence and the mural under the bridge downtown. We’re proud of the committee’s hard work in utilizing the skills of local artists in helping to make Bartow County a beautiful place to live.”
Along with visiting https://visitcartersvillega.org/artinbartow, further information can be obtained by emailing Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Art in Bartow project has brought you many pieces already on display in Cartersville, including the sculptures downtown, The Photo Fence, the mural under the bridge and most recently sculptures on display in downtown Adairsville,” Cook said. “Your feedback allows us to always keep your preferences front of mind as we look to expand the public art in Bartow County.”
As Cook and Montgomery noted, one project coordinated by the Art in Bartow Visual Arts Committee is the large-scale artwork displayed underneath Cartersville’s Church Street Bridge on the wall beside Gilmer Street. Installed in September, the 8-foot-by-24-foot acrylic painting was brought to life by artists Marcia Dillard, Patricia Eastin, Donna Garrison Leonard and Michelle Robinson, with the assistance of 10 students.
According to the artwork’s panel, “This painting represents the four areas of the arts taught in schools under the National Standard for the Arts — drama, dance, visual arts and music. Four local artists incorporated Bartow County images into iconic paintings by historically recognized artists.”