The Oklahoman

Edmond Visual Arts Commission marks 20 years

- The Oklahoman USA TODAY NETWORK

EDMOND – More than 260 art pieces have been placed across Edmond’s grassy intersecti­ons, city streets, business entrances and parks during the past 20 years.

The Edmond Visual Arts Commission (EVAC) has been a primary advocate of the public art initiative.

The public is invited to celebrate EVAC’s 20th anniversar­y during VIBES, Edmond’s monthly creative downtown art experience, on Thursday. Attendees can enjoy sweets and live music by Edmond’s Nick Massey beginning at 6 p.m. on The Railyard patio, 23 W First St.

Recently, approved art projects have expanded to painting downtown murals and turning city of Edmond utility, transforme­r and traffic boxes into works of art.

“We are celebratin­g the last two decades and looking forward to an exciting future of Edmond’s Public Art Program,” said Cinda Covel, city clerk and art liaison.

EVAC was establishe­d on Oct. 8, 2001. Its mission is to provide a means for the selection, display and maintenanc­e of art for the city of Edmond’s collection. Edmond’s Art in Public Places Program funds up to 50% of EVAC-approved public art pieces, not to exceed $30,000 each.

To learn more about the Edmond Visual Arts Commission and the Edmond Public Art Program, go to edmondok.com/evac.

 ?? THE OKLAHOMAN FILE ?? “Journey II,” by Gary Price, is one of many pieces of public art that can be found throughout Edmond.
THE OKLAHOMAN FILE “Journey II,” by Gary Price, is one of many pieces of public art that can be found throughout Edmond.

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