Our Town

City of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

$100,000

2013

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A boy seen from above sits on an platform simulating a mesa over a map.

School Ave Artscape is a project to design a new streetscape in downtown Fayetteville. The street will be transformed into an "artscape" with vehicular, pedestrian, stormwater, and/or lighting infrastructure serving a dual purpose as art. Image courtesy of University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

The NEA grant will support creative streetscape design and public art along School Avenue in downtown Fayetteville. The University of Arkansas Community Design Center, led by architect Steven Luoni, will design a unique pedestrian-focused, ADA-compliant streetscape that provides a critical route between cultural and entertainment venues in the district including the Walton Arts Center (WAC), Fayetteville Public Library (FPL), and the city's largest public housing center for seniors. Artist Stacey Levy will collaborate to create ecologically-themed public art elements that are fully integrated into the new streetscape.

Project leadership will be provided by the City of Fayetteville and Walton Arts Center, who believe that the incorporation of functional art into municipal infrastructure will encourage quality mixed-development investment from the private sector and greater pedestrian activity in the area. Combined, FPL and WAC serve more than 500,000 people annually, of which more than 90,000 are children from school districts in the region.