A collective of Hudson area artists who want to contribute our creative skills to our community to tell stories, bring beauty and joy, to create visibility around our collective and diverse identity.
We are working on plans for public art projects in Hudson. If you are an artist who would like to get involved in our collective and/or our projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe in the power of public art to express and enrich a place.
Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network Council shared the following in a recent green paper:
"Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value.
Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities.
Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.
Public art is freely accessible.
American cities and towns aspire to be places where people want to live and want to visit. Having a particular community identity, especially in terms of what our towns look like, is becoming even more important in a world where everyplace tends to looks like everyplace else.
Places with strong public art expressions...give communities a stronger sense of place and identity. Absent public art, we would be absent our human identities.
Public art brings artists and their creative vision into the civic decision making process. In addition the aesthetic benefits of having works of art in public places, artists can make valuable contributions when they are included in the mix of planners, engineers, designers, elected officials, and community stakeholders who are involved in planning public spaces and amenities.
Artists bring their own creative skill set to those conversations, which can also inspire creativity in others, ideally bringing the means of decisions and problem-solving to a more responsive and imaginative result.
There is a public art continuum that appreciates the varied creative intentions and roles that artists may bring to a project. Artists may be invited by an official entity, a project may be artist-initiated, or work ma y take the form of a non-sanctioned artistic endeavor.
However, artists inevitably bring personal and distinctive interpretations to each idea, site, social construct, and aesthetic potential. In this way, artists can be social and civic leaders, advocating through art for alternative perspectives that can challenge assumptions, beliefs, and community values."