The City of Belmont is developing a Public Art Master Plan. While addressing COVID-19 impacts certainly tops the City's immediate priorities, the City continues to advance this vital component of the ongoing Placemaking effort, which began as a Council Priority in FY18. This Plan will provide the process framework to realize the City’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing its character and quality of life through art and expression and catalyze the city's long term economic rejuvenation.
Public Art contributes to a community's economic vitality; art installations and cultural events, large and small, can help realize the long-term vision of the Belmont Village Specific Plan (BVSP), which calls for public realm improvements (e.g., infrastructure enhancements to promote walkability/biking, public placemaking opportunities, landscaping, benches, public art, and more). Private development projects may also include art elements to which the City may provide commentary. To provide a cohesive, consistent approach to the breadth of potential art opportunities within the BVSP and throughout the City, it is appropriate to create a transparent process developed with community/stakeholder input to capture the vision, mission, and objectives of Belmont’s public art initiative. Public art also reflects the values of a community. Belmont treasures its history, its nature, and its diversity. The City has a long history of supporting the arts community in various ways. A Public Art Master Plan will help sustain and enhance that support.
Developing a Public Art Master Plan is a best practice to provide direction on the planning for and establishment of the processes necessary to further develop, administer, fund, and maintain an evolving and dynamic public art program. On September 24, 2019, City Council approved engaging Barbara Goldstein & Associates for consultant services to develop a Public Art Master Plan. Project completion is expected by Fall of 2020.
- March 4, 2020: Barbara Goldstein & Associates presented the same presentation as the February 3 meeting to the Parks & Recreation Commission.
- February 3, 2020: The City, with consultant Barbara Goldstein & Associates, conducted a focus group meeting at the Belmont Library to discuss the purpose and scope of a Public Art Master Plan for Belmont. Find the presentation from this meeting online here.