The Arts movement in Hastings continues to gain momentum: from the formation of the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and Black Dirt Theater, to the grand opening of the Hastings Arts Center and the BreakAway Arts Center and Café. Construction is underway on the ArtSpace Hastings River Lofts, a 37-unit live/work complex for artists and their families located in downtown Hastings near the Mississippi River. The City of Hastings recognizes this energy and the City Council approved plans for a Public Art Grant pilot program to support public art that is free and accessible to everyone.
The initial wave of funding for this program runs through December of 2017. Click here for details about Public Art in Hastings.
The Public Art Grant Task Force is a seven-member group tasked with determining the best way to use the grant funding to support and promote public art within Hastings. Members include: Mecca Page, Fran Jauquet, Scott Sinclair, Mary Ellen Fox, and Bea Westerberg. We currently have two openings on the Task Force. If you have a passion for the arts and would like to join this group, please apply by March 23.
2017 Task Force Goals:
- Expand framework for public art grant pilot program.
- Solicit requests for and award public art grant(s).
- Prepare a report for City Council which will review and provide recommendations on the grant process, the impact of the public art projects supported, the quality of the proposals submitted, and future considerations relating to public art in Hastings.
- Consider the future of the Task Force and public arts program in Hastings.
Staff support is provided by Sarah Solinger, Deputy City Clerk. Questions can be directed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-480-6159.