City of Salem Public Art Master Plan
Client: City of Salem, MA
Date Completed: 2013
Location: Salem, MA
Pictured Above: Trade Wind by op.AL, HiJAC, Stephanie Imbeau and Emily Silber, 2016. Pavilion by Matthias Neumann, 2017. Photos courtesy of the City of Salem.
Via was hired by the City of Salem, the Salem Partnership, and the Peabody Essex Museum to develop the first comprehensive Public Art Master Plan for the community. The project was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Via worked closely with a Working Group consisting of Salem citizens, artists, and art and design professionals, and conducted an “Imagine Art Here” community workshop to gather community input. The initial impetus for the plan was to develop recommendations to complement improvements being made to the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall in downtown Salem. The final plan outlines an overall vision for public art for Salem that creates a space for contemporary artists to create temporary and permanent artworks that engage people in Salem’s rich cultural heritage and history.