While earlier meetings had focused on tightening up and clarifying general language, Monday's meeting returned to the commission's role in authorizing and approving public art projects and how to square that with the city charter that requires that the mayor has to sign any contract "where the amount involved is $2,000 or more."
The Public Arts Commission is hoping to bring some resolution to the painted-over murals on the Veterans Memorial Bridge through some type of community forum and compromise.
In the meantime, the commission is asking the artists involved in the so-called "pillar art" to hold off on submitting another application to test if the art can be restored.
Vice Chairwoman Erica Manville said there had not been much in the way of email during her time as chairman but believed that had picked up since Dixon, who was not present, had taken the leadership. The commission is only a couple years old and is only beginning to advance its mission of coordinating public art installations.
The Public Arts Commission is asking both sets of artists whose work is under the Veterans Memorial Bridge to find some kind of compromise.
Both pieces predate the establishment of the commission and neither had more than a verbal agreement with city. Nor did the museum approach the commission for permission to paint over the murals, despite applying for two other works on city property.
Artist William Oberst told the Public Arts Commission on Thursday that the paintings of mill children and textiles made by the long defunct Arnold Print Works may only be hidden below a coating of new gray paint.
After five years of large artwork being displayed on the street side of the old Brown Street factory building, two years' worth of slightly smaller but still colorful paintings now hang on the south side of the building along Grimes Street, near Cascade's front entrance.
Driving to work on Tuesday, I went a different route than usual. As I approached downtown north Adams I thought I was seeing things, The Arnold Printworks Dolls and Mill Children columns in front of Mass MoCA under the Route 2 overpass were gone.
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will light up the city's famed steeples and turn the entire north side of the museum into an outdoor arts canvas.
The use of sound, light and text are designed to tie the city into the museum's summer season, part of an ongoing initiative to get visitors to wander beyond the massive arts complex.
The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural.
The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art, and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the futur
Griffin Labbance, a residence director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, is hoping to engage college artists in decorating one of the college's entry points and came to the commission seeking guidance.
Montana is a one-way street owned by the city that runs between the main campus and the Townhouse dormitories. The back of Bowman Hall and the entrance to the Amsler Campus Center were redone a few years ago to create a more attractive entrance and pathways into the quad and more parkin
Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more.
The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.
The Cheshire Community Association has joined the Adams Arts Advisory Group's efforts to install public art along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.
John Tremblay of the association said the Massachusetts Cultural Council has granted the group funds to install a piece of art.