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Gainesville leaders hope art project dissuades graffiti at public housing project
Chamber art committee looks to beautiful public housing wall
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The wall buffering public housing along Pearl Nix Parkway in Gainesville will be used as a giant canvas as part of a project sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Vision 2030 Public Art Committee. - photo by Carlos Galarza

Gainesville City Council meeting

What: Resolution for $5,000 matching grant for public art project

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Gainesville Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

A community group is planning to turn an ugly wall into something beautiful.

The wall, which fronts Pearl Nix Parkway and is owned by the city of Gainesville as part of the Gainesville Housing Authority, has periodically been the target of graffiti.

Civic and business leader Frank Norton hopes installing a “free range art” project on the wall will dissuade future graffiti tags.

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is taking on the project with an assist from the city.

“We intend to use some art therapy with the residents of the housing authority…” Norton said. “We’ll have children helping make these panels.”

Norton said the Gainesville Housing Authority embraced the idea as an ongoing project to beautify their premises.

Representing the art committee, Norton recently told city officials that donations already are coming from local businesses in the form of paint and other materials. Norton said he hopes the community will get behind the effort with their donations.

The city is planning to jumpstart the community effort by matching $5,000 raised by the Public Art Committee.

The matching grant, as well as a five-year lease agreement of the wall to the Public Art Committee, is incorporated in a resolution to be presented Tuesday as part of the consent agenda at the Gainesville City Council meeting.

“The city of Gainesville recognizes that public art contributes to a sense of place and plays a significant role in helping create a vibrant and well-rounded community,” the resolution states in part. “The city is supportive of the Public Art Committee and its initiatives that further enrich Gainesville.”


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