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Macomb County launches art appreciation map

Site lets art lovers know where to find local creations, submit favorites

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published September 6, 2018

 Artist John Sauve stands at his sculpture, Selbsterkenntnis, in downtown Mount Clemens Aug. 28.

Artist John Sauve stands at his sculpture, Selbsterkenntnis, in downtown Mount Clemens Aug. 28.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Visitors to the digital map can also submit  a piece of art on display around the county.

Visitors to the digital map can also submit a piece of art on display around the county.

Photo by Deb Jacques

MACOMB COUNTY — Want to find where all the local art is? Macomb County has a map for that.

OneMacomb officials recently launched their newest digital resource, a map of all public art located throughout the 27 communities in Macomb County. The map is a comprehensive tool that residents and visitors can use to find local art including sculptures, paintings, murals and a variety of other mediums.

The digital map was unveiled Aug. 28 in front of leaders from the arts and cultural community and members of the general public at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens.

“We are thrilled to offer residents and visitors another tool that will help them ‘make Macomb their home,’” Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said. “Communities across the county have made big investments in public art. Our hope is that the map will inspire people to get out, explore their neighborhoods and experience these works in person.”

The creation of the map was inspired by the growing belief that public art adds value for communities beyond its visual benefits. The initial concept for the map was developed by Macomb County Deputy Executive Pam Lavers and OneMacomb.

“There has been a real movement to elevate arts and culture in Macomb County,” said Lavers. “And the public art map will be used to bring a new appeal to the county and provide an important social and cultural connection for our residents and visitors.”

The map was created by Jessica Worley, GIS specialist with Macomb County Planning and Economic Development. The art can be found on the map by location and type — paintings, murals, sculptures or others.

Individuals can also submit their favorite pieces of public art to the map in an effort to help the county build its catalog. As an incentive, prizes will be randomly awarded to individuals who submit entries. Upcoming prize packages and drawing dates are Friday, Sept. 21, Starkweather Arts Center swag and a $20 gift card to the center’s gift shop; and Friday, Oct. 5, recipient’s choice of a DIA Inside|Out replica.

There is also a scholarship program tied to submitting images and art to the map. While specific details have yet to be finalized, the program will be aimed at local college and high school students. The scholarships — sponsored by First State Bank, The and OneMacomb — are valued at $1,500, $1,000 and $500. More information will be announced by the county in the fall, according to officials.

Following the introduction of the digital map, Phil Gilchrist, executive director of the Anton Art Center, led guests around downtown Mount Clemens, where many local artists’ works are on display.

“Mount Clemens has so many wonderful pieces of art that are open and accessible for all residents and visitors,” said Gilchrist. “But today’s map launch and walkabout really showcase the incredible works of art we have across the entire county. We are very lucky to have so many paintings, murals and sculptures all within our reach.”

To view Macomb County’s public art map, visit GIS.MacombGov.Org/GO/Art. To submit art to the map, visit GIS.MacombGov.Org/GO/Art_Form.

For more information on OneMacomb, visit