Gateways Public Art

Gateways Public Art Survey

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What are Gateways?

Imagine public art hereThe City has identified eight Gateways where the majority of traffic moves into or out of the City center or transitions between different areas of our community. Gateway locations can be easily spotted around town, just look for the "Imagine Public Art Here" signs or view this map

Imagine Public Art

Placing unique public art at each Gateway (see examples) signals these major transitions and accomplishes several goals:

  • Places public art deep into Olympia’s neighborhoods
  • Contributes to a sense of community identity
  • Introduces place making elements that help to define and bring together different areas of our community

The Gateways concept is envisioned in the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Olympia Arts Commission and the Olympia Planning Commission are working together to develop a Gateways Public Art Master Plan to make these Gateways a reality.


Gateways Public Art Master Plan

The Gateways Public Art Master Plan will be a blueprint by which to move forward on each of the identified gateways, presenting overall concepts and themes, location and cost analysis and prioritization. This is not a design or fabrication opportunity, but concept only.

While it may take time to acquire the funding to complete all 8 Gateways, a master plan will help maintain continuity between the first dedicated Gateway and the last.

The Master Plan will:

  • Identify priorities – steps the City will take over 5-6 years that will have the greatest impact toward completion of the Gateways project
  • Include illustrations of concepts and themes for each location
  • Set the stage for future grant opportunities and community partnerships to realize the project
  • Consider the interface between the Gateway art elements and proposed civic Boulevards

Get Involved

The Gateways Public Art Master Plan process will facilitate community discussion and distill that feedback into values that will inform the plan.

There will be many opportunities to get involved and share your opinions including:

  • A community kick-off meeting Complete
  • Eight neighborhood meetings near the Gateway locations (see below)
  • Online forums, surveys, etc.
  • A final community meeting to share what we've learned

Details on all of the abovewill be provided on this page as they are finalized.

Neighborhood Meeting Schedule

DATE/TIME DISCUSSING GATEWAY MEETING LOCATION

April 26

Wednesday 6:30-8p

Eastside Street at Olympia Woodland Trail

City Maintenance Center

1401 Eastside St SE

April 26

Wednesday 6:30-8p

S Capitol Way at Carlyon & Sunset Way

Olympia High School Library

1302 North St

 

April 27

Thursday 6:30-8p

Henderson & Eskridge

Olympia Transformational Life

1717 Eskridge Blvd SE

 

April 27

Thursday 6:30-8p

Pacific Ave & Martin Way

Capital Vision Church

1775 Yew Ave NE

 

April 29

Saturday 9:30-11a

Black Lake Blvd & Harrison St

Garfield Elementary Library

325 Plymouth St NW

 

April 29

Saturday 9:30-11a

East Bay Drive & Flora Vista

Fire Station #1

100 Eastside St NE

 

April 29

Saturday 11:30a-1p

Deschutes Parkway & Lakeridge Dr

Thurston County Courthouse

2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1, Rm 280

 

April 29

Saturday 11:30a-1p   

West Bay Drive & Schneider Hill

Garfield Elementary Library

325 Plymouth St NW


Questions?

Contact Arts Program Manager, Stephanie Johnson, at 360.709.2678 or sjohnso1@ci.olympia.wa.us