Art In Public Places Draws New Interest

mcb, Nov 26, 2017

Robin Weekes-Wynne accepts the Certificate of Merit on behalf of GardenWalk.

The annual Art In Public Places presentations took place on November 7th in the Council Chamber at City Hall, as is customary. A new look selection committee produced a very fine show with slides, awardees, to-the-point speeches, and a good crowd! Erika Miller ably (AAC) led the proceedings. Her committee consisted of Helen Carter (AAC) and two members of the Cultural and Heritage Commission, Claire Pettibone and Juan Alvarez.

Read Erika's wonderful speech on the value of public art, here.

The awards were as follows:

  • Certificate of Merit - Garden Walk’s Art on the Walk
  • Certificate of Merit - Wings of Anaheim exhibit
  • Special Recognition Award - Restoration Project, Citrus Park Murals
  • Special Recognition Award - Place for Public Art, Center Gallery
  • AIPP Award - Kate and Ella Bronze Statues at GardenWalk
  • AIPP Award - Ball Jr. High Mural
  • Julie Mayer Award - Ponderosa Skate Park

We don't have space here to cover all these certificates and awards in this Newsletter, so the details will continue on our main website. But it is important to note that to qualify for AIPP awards the art pieces need to be both permanent and original.

Kate and Ella have been around for a good number of years. But the huge mural at Ball Junior High is brand new and the principal, Dr. Dabney-Lieras, spoke with great emotion about the impact that the project had on the entire school. (This is what public art is all about!)

Denise Durkin accepts an Award fro the Center Gallery, and Dr. Dabney-Lieras speaks movingly about the Ball JHS mural project.


The mural at Ponderosa Skate Park similarly evoked both pride and emotions, for the skaters themselves provided so much inspiration for the design especially the iconic shoes with laces undone and a hole in the sole!

Among the many who spoke glowingly of public arts, Council Member Dr. Jose Moreno also spoke about his passion to see the arts and aesthetics of the City improved, with development of new funding and a new city ordinance; and Council member Stephen Faessel also spoke warmly in favor of Jose Moreno's proposals.

Council members Moreno and Faessel agree!


George Gilliam, founder of Creative Identity, introduces Joachin before they open the program in song.


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