Arts & Culture Commission


Arts and Culture Commission Members

Erin DeThomas, Chair
Uriah Donnelly, Vice Chair
Darby Pontes
James Goff
Peri DeLorenzo
Linda Megathlin
Susan Rotblat-Walker
Amy Armstrong

If you'd like to contact the Warren Arts & Culture Commission please the email listed below:

warrenartsandculturecommission@gmail.com


WACC Public Art Guidelines:

Sites where public art is to be displayed should:

  • Experience high levels of pedestrian traffic
  • Be easily visible and accessible to the public
  • Serve to anchor and activate its site
  • Enhance the overall quality of the public environment and pedestrian streetscape experience
  • Provide opportunities for the public to interact with art

Artwork Criteria:
1. Aesthetics - WACC will seek artwork of the highest quality in terms of design and integrity.
2. Variety - WACC will actively seek a wide variety in style, scale, media and artists represented.
3. Maintenance Requirements - Consideration shall be given to the following:

  • a. What are the existing or projected maintenance requirements of the work? Are they excessive or cost prohibitive? Are any unusual or ongoing costs likely?
  • b. Is the work suitable for outdoor display or special indoor environments?
  • c. Are the materials durable and will they last? Does the work have a limited lifespan due to built-in obsolescence or any inherent weakness?
  • d. What are the artist’s suggestions for protection of the work from theft or vandalism?


4. Public Safety - Artwork shall be evaluated to ensure that it does not present a hazard to public safety.

  • a. Sharp edges, points, projections, or pinch points that may cut, picture, or cause injury by impact
  • b. Overhead parts that could be a hazard to pedestrian traffic. Artwork should follow minimum sign height requirements in areas where pedestrian traffic is likely
  • c. Trip hazards or slippery surfaces (if used for sidewalks or flooring)
  • d. Unsafe climbing opportunities for children/ adults
  • e. Obstruction of any traffic control device

Guidelines for Artists Submitting Public Art Applications
Requirements to Apply:
Artist must submit the following in ONE single PDF document titled with artist’s last name:
• a CV/Resume
• a brief biography and artist statement that addresses interest, relevant experience and
philosophy of public art
• letter of interest or project narrative that includes mock-up of proposed project
◦ mockup should be a representation of a final concept in design and scope
• 3-5 hi-res images of individual previous work including side note with artwork title, size,
medium, valuation, year of completion, and location of artwork
• website link and/or art social media accounts
• contact information (email, telephone number, mailing address)


Area Youth Partner with Adults for Virtual Song Presentation

The Community String Project (https://www.communitystringproject.org/) is a non-profit organization that provides affordable string education to the schools in Bristol and Warren. This is an after-school program that is filling the void of traditional orchestra programs that have been taken away from these students due to COVID-19 restrictions. Area students are enrolled at Guiteras, Rockwell, Colt Andrews and Hugh Cole, Kickemuit Middle School and Mount Hope High School. CSP also offers adult strings classes of varying levels and classical guitar classes.  Warren Arts & Cultural Commission member Peri DeLorenzo who is an accomplished musician and instructor with the CSP, worked with students to create a beautiful video which brought together musicians of all ages, click the link below and be prepared to smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0aYXXh2gbo


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