City of Richardson Public Art Master Plan
Client: City of Richardson, TX
Date Completed: 2014
Location: Richardson, TX
In 2014, Via was hired by the City of Richardson to consult with the City on the development of a Public Art Master Plan. Teaming with urban planner and designer Todd W. Bressi, Via managed a planning process that included managing an advisory task force, reviewing numerous city plans and policies, organizing a tour of regional public art programs, and facilitating a public workshop called “Imagine Art Here!” The resulting plan outlines recommendations for a vision for public art in Richardson, potential public art opportunities, and an administrative structure for Richardson’s Public Art Program.
This vision will be accomplished through public art projects that support local identity and that shape Richardson’s city image. Local identity projects create or convey a distinct character for Richardson’s neighborhoods and business districts. They reflect the city’s history, culture and sense of place. City image projects contribute to the overall look, feel and image of Richardson, as perceived both by residents and visitors from the region and beyond. The Public Art Opportunities section of this plan outlines a variety of exciting, innovative and community-building public art projects that support building both local identity and city image. The administrative structure includes recommendations for staffing, funding, artist selection and collection management.
Via began its relationship with the City of Richardson in 2011 guiding the City through the process of commissioning their first public artwork. Via continues to work with the City of Richardson to commission four new artworks as the City begins to build its public art collection.