The Arts Council of Fairfax County has selected the artist team, surcreative, for a public art engagement project at Seven Corners. The second in a series of Imagine Art Here projects will both elicit a vision for the role of the arts in the community and collect resident, workforce, and visitor feedback on the type of facilities, public art and related arts amenities desired in the redevelopment of the area. The input from the Imagine Art Here initiative will inform the Master Arts Plan (MAP) being spearheaded by the Arts Council on behalf of the County.
surcreative's preliminary design concept for the INOUT Imagine Art Here project to be located in Seven Corners.
"We are just delighted to receive this NEA grant to bring Imagine Art Here to the communities of Seven Corners and Springfield," said Linda Sullivan, president & CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. "It’s all about engaging the public in a dialogue on art and arts amenities for their community — and we get to engage artists in producing temporary public art in highly visible locations."
This project is entitled INOUT and will begin in the spring of 2018. Public engagement will take place at sites throughout the Seven Corners area, and the primary installation site is located at Route 50 and Sleepy Hollow Road. The artist team plans to collect community feedback through a variety of engagement strategies including social media and on-line surveys as well as through the installation itself. Photo portraits of the community will be projected on an interactive eight foot cube.
INOUT will enhance the experience of residents, employees, and visitors passing through those area, promote community participation, and increase public awareness of the potential for public art. The Arts Council is working with Fairfax County Government, corporate sponsors, and community partners to carry out the project.
"As the long-awaited redevelopment of Seven Corners gathers momentum, community involvement will be critical. Engaging our residents for public art is an important facet of that involvement," said Mason District Supervisor Penelope A. Gross.
"Public opinions gathered through the Imagine Art Here initiative will help to inform the Master Arts Plan for Fairfax County," said Leila Gordon, Chair of the Art Council’s Master Arts Plan Task Force. "Our goal is to expand community access to the arts and to enhance our public spaces through art."
Input from the Imagine Art Here initiative will inform MAP. The goal of MAP is to expand community access to and engagement in the arts and culture by planning cultural facilities and public art throughout Fairfax County that reflects its diversity, considers existing facilities, and responds to future growth. In 2010, the Board of Supervisors tasked the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the official local arts agency for the County, with the collaborative leadership of MAP.