Representatives from the local leadership organization met with Mayor Mike Bodker and the city council Monday to present a summary of months of research on the benefits of bringing public art to Johns Creek. Public art would help create neighborhood identities and enhance the city’s image, said chairman Chris Pullaro.
The organization’s overall plan is to bring pieces of art to selected locations in the city under the direction of a public art board chosen by city council.
Justin Kirouac, Johns Creek’s planning and zoning administrator, explained the group’s proposed art ordinance contains basic standards on the process of accepting public art for display. The organization also drafted a public art master plan, which details of what type of art the city might be open to showcasing, where and in what way.
Kirouac said the city would have little financial impact with regards to supporting the public art program but would be responsible for maintenance. The city would partner with nonprofit organizations for fundraising and additional support.
Several councilmembers voiced general approval of the plans. Councilman Ivan Figueroa said a public art initiative has been among the city’s long term goals for creating a sense of place in Johns Creek.
Councilwoman Karen Richardson said, “I always go back to some of our strategic planning and we’ve talked about art and culture being critical to Johns Creek, critical to our city as we build a name for ourselves and economically develop.”
“I think that it sends the message that we’re open for business,” added councilmember Bev Miller.
After discussion at Monday’s city council work session meeting, councilmembers decided to revisit the details of the public art ordinance and master plan at their next council meeting April 8.