Boneyard Public Art Project

As Public Art Coordinator for the City of Urbana, IL, one permanent project I managed was the Boneyard Creek Beautification Project, transforming an urban waterway into a downtown amenity in Urbana. This project was the first to activate Urbana’s fairly new public art ordinance. As the design by Seattle artist Jack Mackie incorporated tile mosaics and pavers to educate the public about the local ecosystem of Champaign County, I leveraged a relationship with a local conservation foundation to provide $35,000 in additional funds, allowing for additional public art enhancements. I administered all stages of the public art process including conducting public meetings to determine project priorities, identifying an artist through a Request for Qualifications process, managing design development, and presenting the final design to the Urbana Public Arts Commission and Urbana City Council for approval. I also liaised between the artist, city staff, and contractors throughout the fabrication process.