In January of 2009, the Waynesville Public Art Commission will issue a call for artists for its second commissioned public art project. This piece is to be installed in the landscaped area between the two retaining walls along the edge of East Street, outside the new Waynesville Police Station and Development Office building now under construction at Main and East Streets. The theme for this second commission is FOLKMOOT, the international dance festival that takes place in Downtown Waynesville and the greater region throughout the month of July each summer. As Folkmoot is a celebration of dance, culture, community and world friendship, the Commission is particularly interested in color and movement and a sense of diverse elements coming together in peace and harmony. The Call is open to all artists residing in the 25 counties that comprise the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area: Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey. More information about the project and complete application instructions are available at the Waynesville Town website at www.townofwaynesville.org. (Rollover Public Art button at top of page and activate Request for Qualifications, Pac Application Process, Site Map and Architectural Rendering.) The application deadline is February 13, 2009. Application instructions may also be obtained by calling the Downtown Waynesville Association at 828 456-3517 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Established In 2006, the Waynesville Public Art Commission was appointed by the Town of Waynesville, NC to develop a public art plan. Choosing themes that are unique to Waynesville, the Commission’s purpose is to bring art to public sites, resulting in an art trail for residents and visitors to enjoy. The commission dedicated its inaugural piece entitled “Old Time Music,” by metal artist, Stefan Bonitz, in October of 2008 at the corner of Miller and Main Street in downtown Waynesville.
Funding for the Folkmoot art piece will be provided by area businesses, community and arts supporters, and an award from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. To make a donation to this project or to future WPAC projects, please contact the Downtown Waynesville Association at 456-3517.