Throughout the city of St. Clair, “Public Art” is becoming a common household phrase. Through the direction of the St. Clair Art Association’s Public Art Committee, our community has created great momentum in creating a unique sense of place through the Arts. Just take a look around and you’re sure to see the impact that Art has made – the “Two Ships” sculpture in Riverview Plaza Park, a unique Art Pod in China Township park along King Road, hand-painted street banners, creative bike racks, a giant community mosaic fish sculpture, wall mural in St Clair Library Children’s Room, traditional sculptures, archways, informative ceramic plaques, murals, and more!
Many of SCAA’s public art projects have provided opportunities for individuals, businesses, and organizations to collaborate and develop a stronger sense of community. Each project has been developed, created, and shared by individuals of all ages. Projects create unique opportunities to utilize our community’s wealth of talent, skills, and resources.
In 2017 the Public Art Committee sponsored a community BLOCK project. This project was an opportunity for neighbors to unite, discover their talents, and work together in creating a community-wide public art exhibit. Individuals, businesses and groups were encouraged to create their own work of art from 4’x4′ block. A citywide BLOCK Party was held at Plaza Park in downtown Saint Clair to celebrate the collective community accomplishments.
The SCAA Public Art Committee will host periodic community forums to gather input and ideas for the new Plaza Park and additional “Art Pod” projects as well as concepts for future public art projects. Our goal is to provide opportunities to empower our community’s creative and innovative spirit, while creating a sense of place like no other. Our already beautiful community will continue to blossom through the Arts and civic partnerships. ART FOR ALL!
To view photos from past Public Art projects go to the Other Public Art Projects page.
Download a copy of the Art on the River Walking Tour brochure. It lists the locations of 25 works of art around the city of St. Clair, including some of the Public Art Committee projects identified above. Click for the front of the brochure and back of the brochure.
The Public Art Committee was officially formed in 2009. Public art projects have been possible through funding provided by the Downtown Development Authority, the St. Clair Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, St. Clair County Parks & Recreation, many local businesses and individuals, and through the sale of prints from our Seasons in St. Clair project, Street Banner T-shirts and cards at the Art Center.
Public Art Committee Members
- Jason Stier, Chairperson
- Sandy Attebury
- Sandi Daniels
- Dave Fry
- Lori Hannon
- Elizabeth Harvey
- Candy Paeth
- John Steffy
- Tom Watkins
- Twila Wayt