Name of Nonprofit Organization: Anchorage Community Land Trust
Sponsor Name: Aleesha Towns-Bain
Short Project Description: ACLT seeks funding to install a sculptural artwork in an empty planter; the project site will either be an empty Municipality-owner planter at the intersection of Park St. and Mountain View Dr., or the empty planter at Mountain View Dr. and Bunn St. that was installed as a traffic calming measure.
The Big Why: Last summer, ACLT galvanized several Anchorage organizations together to make art in the Gardens at Bragaw, located on Bragaw Street just south of the Glenn Highway. This summer, ACLT installed three different art projects – ceramic stepping stones made by the Arc of Anchorage, painted wooden figures made by Clark Middle School students, and painted tiles made by Alaska Native Cultural Charter School students – at the Gardens at Bragaw, for approximately $3,000.
This summer they’d like to take this community approach to add new art along Mountain View Drive. In the last decade, Mountain View has seen a tremendous amount of investment in affordable housing and new neighborhood institutions. Despite this vibrant business corridor that is slowly transforming the neighborhood into a destination retail corridor for Anchorage, Mountain View Drive still only has a few public artworks, and the vast majority of the 1% for Art pieces in the neighborhood are located inside buildings and are not visible to the public.
ACLT is currently working with Brown Jug and ARBRA to create a litter pick-up service based on the downtown Anchorage model, and a façade improvement project is improving building exteriors, lighting, and signage on Mountain View Dr. To complement these projects that are focused on improving the appearance and safety of Mountain View’s commercial corridor, ACLT proposes installing a sculpture in one of these empty planters would also improve Mountain View Dr.’s visual appeal. The sculpture will deter individuals who currently use these planters as de facto seating, and will be a step towards reinvesting in Mountain View’s vacant spaces, while at the same time adding a culturally relevant, bright, and eye-catching sculpture to the neighborhood.
The Bottom Line: ACLT requests $2,750 for this project. They are confident that they can work with local artists and institutions to create and install a sculpture in one of these planters for under that price.