Public Art Advisory Committee

In 2014, City Council established the Public Art Advisory Committee to facilitate delegated city funded art projects, identify potential project areas within the city, and to make recommendations on potential (if any) zoning / development regulations as it relates to public art and encourage privately funded “public” art projects. The Committee is comprised of City Council Members (2), City Planning & Neighborhood Development staff (2), City Parks and Recreation staff (1), the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) Director, the Cabarrus Arts Council Director, a Cabarrus Arts Council Board member (1), a local community member (1), an artist (1), a downtown building owner (1), and at-large members (3).  Members of the Committee are appointed by City Council.


      


Public Art Master Plan

In early 2021, Council allocated funding for the city's first-ever Public Art Master Plan and directed the Public Art Advisory Committee to facilitate the creation of the master plan. 

The goal of the project is to create a vision for a true, comprehensive public art program that will serve Concord, in a manner tailored to the city and its many diverse constituents. The plan will include recommendations about possible locations for public art, funding, personnel, committee structures and decision-making processes.

The plan is being developed with community support and participation, including various local organizations like the Cabarrus Arts Council, stakeholders and groups throughout the city.

Once complete, the Master Plan document will be presented to the Public Art Advisory Committee and City Council for final approval.
 

Community Participation

As part of the master planning process, we want to hear from you! Your participation in the process is vital and will help guide the development of the master plan. 

There will be many opportunities in the weeks and months ahead to meet the team working on the master plan, provide input, and learn more about public art. 

To get started, watch the short one-minute video below to hear from Council Member Langford, member of the Public Art Advisory Committee, and the city's public art consultants about what to expect as the master planning process continues. 

Next, be sure to take the online community input survey: publicinput.com/ConcordArtPlan

 

 

project timeline

Consultant contract awarded: Winter, 2022

Community engagement and research phase: Spring, 2022

Plan development phase: Summer, 2022

Public review, Council approval phase: Fall, 2022

 

Meet the city's Public art consultants

In Fall 2021, the City of Concord and the Public Art Advisory Committee, issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for professional consultants with demonstrated experience to help create Concord’s Public Art Master Plan. A consultant team led by Todd W. Bressi and Amina Cooper was selected and approved by City Council in December 2021. Together, Todd and Amina have more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of public art program and project development. 
 

Todd Bressi   Amina Cooper   Francene Green
Todd Bressi   Amina Cooper   Francene Greene


On April 11, 2022, consultants Bressi and Cooper announced the hiring of local artist and Concord resident, Francene V. Greene, as their new Artist Facilitator. Greene brings over 20 years of experience working with diverse communities to the Public Art Master Plan project through her career in nursing and community health.  She is a psychiatric-mental health nurse and also a mixed-media artist with a studio at ClearWater Arts Center & Studios called Cre8tive Sanctum. 

In her role as Artist Facilitator, Greene will play a key role in bringing awareness to the public art planning activities and opportunities for community input. She will lead arts and cultural activities during informational events on the master plan. These events will be free and open to the public.