In May 2019, the City of Reno received a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant to support public outreach and public art creation to commemorate the City of Reno's 4th Street District.
The Lincoln Highway project will bring together businesses and residents of east 4th Street in a community process to create a sense of social cohesion, safety, and identity. This two-year community engagement process will explore cultural district development, the history of the area, storytelling, and the past and future of Reno. The result will be one or more public artworks that reflect the community identity.
4th Street has undergone many transformations and, most recently, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County completed a two-year multimodal improvement project connecting the City of Reno and the City of Sparks. The City of Reno will partner with the 4th Street Brewery District, Nevada Humanities, and the Community Assistance Center to realize this project.
Forecast Public Art was brought on as a community engagement consultant for the project. Saint Paul, Minnesota-based Forecast fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking.
Forecast and City Arts staff organized several community engagement sessions in the fall and winter of 2019-2020. These included community meetings, historical presentations, interactive art, surveys, gatherings at bars and businesses on E. 4th St., mapping, and conversation. Forecast compiled all of the information they gathered and put it into a report with guidance on moving forward with the project based on community input. Forecast's report can be read here.
We are in the process of approving a request for qualifications for artists that are interested in working on this public art project. Those artists that apply will be narrowed down into a group of finalists selected by the Public Art Committee of the Reno Arts & Culture Commission and community representatives. The finalist will be presenting to the public and getting their feedback prior to an artist or artist team being awarded the final project. Please check back for updates and opportunities to give input on the project.
If you have questions or would like more information, please email Megan Berner, Public Art Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (775) 326-6333.
The 4th Street Public Art Project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.