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Nevada Neighbors Talk – Dianne Cripe

(Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission)

Topic- Public Art: Creating A Sense of Place

Wednesday, September 20 @ 7 pm

The Brick, 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City

Dianne Cripe’s illustrated talk, Public Art: Creating a Sense of Place, is part of CCAI’s ongoing Nevada Neighbors series and will take place at 7pm at the Community Development building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor St, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Cripe preceding the event at 6:15pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

In her talk, Public Art: Creating a Sense of Place, Cripe will give an overview of Sacramento’s public art program. With examples of the pieces in the city’s collection, she will discuss how public art changes the ways we perceive our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nation. Art in the public sphere has the ability to create a sense of identity, increase economic activity, and stimulate community dialogue.

Funded by the City and County of Sacramento, the Metropolitan Arts Commission has enhanced city parks, community centers, transit stations and other public spaces for 40 years. From large-scale permanently sited projects to temporary, small interventions, public art reflects the history, the people, and the landscape that is Sacramento.

Cripe is the Art in Public Places Manager for the City and County of Sacramento’s Art in Public Places Program and oversees both permanent and temporary projects. She joined the Arts Commission in 2015 after managing the City of Las Vegas public art program of permanent and temporary projects. Cripe also directed the Art in Public Places program with a staff of 12 at the State of Hawai’i Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Previously, as the inaugural director of public art for Arizona State University, she developed numerous exhibition and outreach programs and coordinated both permanent and temporary projects. Cripe also established the City of Goodyear (AZ) public art program, developing policies, public art plans and programming several exhibition spaces throughout municipal buildings.

She has contributed articles to Public Art Review and ASU Research Magazine. Cripe holds an M.A. in Art History and an M.Ed. in English Education, both from Arizona State University.

As part of her Nevada Neighbors activities, Cripe will give her talk to art students and faculty at Douglas High School and at Sierra Nevada College.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community planning and building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, City of Carson City, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: artist Lawrence Argent, Leap; rabbit/aluminum, glass, urethane; at Sacramento International Airport, 2011
2nd image: Dianne Cripe
3rd image: artist Troy Corliss, Poet’s Path/Circle of Laureates, six weathering steel sculptures, at South Natomas Community Park, dimensions various, 2015
bottom image: Nevada Neighbors fall 2017 bookmark