City of Enumclaw
The City of Enumclaw is exploring two new projects to incorporate art in public spaces: using the city’s signal boxes as a canvas for its local artists and honoring its first responders through a series of tribute benches.
Enumclaw has been working on increasing tourism by increasing activities downtown as well as changing the overall appearance and feel of the downtown district. Enumclaw has become a city that people want to visit and where locals want to enjoy the things that the city has to offer however the display of local art is dwindling. Local art is what helps to define a city and its community. Our art commission has seen many cities in King County utilize the traffic control boxes as a canvas for local artists. We are interested in brightening up our city and creating opportunities for local artists, we believe the traffic control boxes would be a starting point for increasing the display of local art. Using the traffic control boxes as canvases for local artists would engage our community and add more color and creativity to our downtown district. It is the goal of the art commission to support and display local artists works. The City of Enumclaw’s Cultural Programs Coordinator has a limited amount of hours per week and will need extra support to complete this project. For this project we are looking for someone to work with us as a liaison between the different entities involved (artists, city departments, wsdot, etc). Due to the limited hours of the city position having a liaison to facilitate the process would ensure its success and they may offer more expertise on the project details.
Another project that is being explored by the mayor has been called the first responders plaza. This plaza would be a tribute to current, former and future first responders (police, fire and medical). The City of Enumclaw appreciates not only local first responders but first responders in general. This idea is in its very beginning stages but the general idea is 3 tribute benches designed by artists out of materials such as marble or glass that would be placed outside of city hall. The vision could include a call to local artists and some sort of community engagement process. Local artists would be asked to assist in the designing of the benches and proper lighting to respectfully recognize their service to the community. This project could include the community in many ways. Enumclaw is a city that supports and is undeniably proud of its emergency responders. Executed properly, this project could bring the community together. For this project we would need the creation of the plan as well as the exploration of funding for the project itself.