As cultural touchstones, tourist attractions, and monuments to history, public art is of tremendous value to every Montgomery citizen, and to the thriving of our city and its culture.
The Gumptioneers, sought an initiative that would bolster public art in the city, and made terrific progress in two particular areas:
We connected a local arts advocate, Traci Smith, with Emily Thomas, the current photography instructor at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. Both are enthusiastic about art--and now have both been so empowered to be in the beginning stages of organizing a collaborative painting event for local students along a stretch of historic Dexter Avenue.
- We also received word from Melanie Golson, a representative from the City's Department of Development, who asked for our help taking photographic documentation of several key public art pieces around the city for submission into a national database of art. Excited for the opportunity to play a part, the Gumptioneers promptly turned it into an afternoon field trip, and the photos were delivered to her soon after she asked for them.