Artists sought for playful pieces in Mount Clemens

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 30, 2018

MOUNT CLEMENS — Attention, artists: Mount Clemens wants you to create inspirational pieces that spark fun and play up the city’s history and connection to the Clinton River.

Advancing Macomb — in partnership with the city of Mount Clemens, the Anton Art Center and the Macomb Family YMCA — is now seeking to recruit artists to design and manage the installation of four separate public outdoor paintings.

The project will execute the vision of the KaBoom! Play Everywhere Challenge to bring “play to unexpected but everyday spaces, making it easy and available for kids and families.”

Advancing Macomb is a recipient of the KaBoom! Play Everywhere Challenge, sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation specifically for southeast Michigan and western New York.

“The partnerships involved in this project are fundamental to the mission of Advancing Macomb,” said David Girodat, chair of Advancing Macomb. “We continue to look for opportunities in the community of Mount Clemens as we work to facilitate engagement in communities across our county.”

The site locations will be at the Macomb Family YMCA; on the stairs leading to the Clinton River, near northbound Gratiot Avenue and Cass Avenue; at the Anton Art Center; and at the alley off Macomb Place, near Cherry Street.

A navigation piece on the sidewalk in front of the Macomb Family YMCA entrance will show the locations and themeS of the other three project sites.

On the stairs to the Clinton River will be a water-themed painting with a mathematical or science activity component within the design.

On the sidewalk area outside the Anton Art Center will be blank picture frames of various styles and sizes to provide an idea space for users to create their own temporary artwork.

And finally, a water-themed mural that can also demonstrate the history of Mount Clemens developing along the river will be located in the downtown alleyway.

The artwork in the four locations should encourage engagement and participation in the spaces while highlighting Mount Clemens history and the city’s connection to the Clinton River. The project will also call for local volunteers and artists to work on the project installation in conjunction with the design artist. Installation of the project will occur in the spring of 2019.

“We are looking forward to engaging the community in the process of this Play Everywhere project,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey. “I think it will create another bright spark in our downtown area and be an attraction for residents and visitors alike.”

Applicants may submit a proposal for the entire project or for one individual location. The deadline for submission is Dec. 19. Further details can be found at advancingmacomb.com, by e-mailing info@advacingmacomb.com or by visiting kaboom.org/play_everywhere.