19, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam, in partnership with Knoxville
Area Transit, is pleased to announce the dedication of a new public
art project, at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the City County Building
Plaza, 400 Main Street.
a ceramic tile and 'found object' piece was created by students
from The Community School of The Arts in coordination with nationally-known
artist, Sammy Nicely. Sponsored by a grant from the Knoxville Area
Transit as an Art in Transit Project, the piece makes creative use
of various bus parts, turning them into works of art on a copper
Artist Sammy Nicely, seated, Community School of the Arts
staff Missy Jackson (to Nicely's right), and some of the student
artists creating the piece. Photo by Charlie Brooks.
"We are very excited about the results of this unique partnership,"
says Mark Hairr, KAT General Manager. "The students got real-life
experience in creating public art and now have something they can
point to out in the community that they created themselves. We have
a great piece of art."
The students/artists will be on hand for the dedication, and will
be recognized at the City Council meeting to follow.
The Community School of the Arts, housed at First Presbyterian
Church in downtown Knoxville, provides affordable quality instruction
in the visual and performing arts to children of all ages, abilities,
and economic backgrounds.