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Midtown Public Art Project

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The City of Reno in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, NV and multiple community partners will develop a large-scale public art project in the Midtown District of Reno that reflects the vibrancy and community of one of Reno’s emerging cultural districts in conjunction with a street reorientation project led by RTC. RTC is planning a multi-modal improvement project in Midtown which will include pedestrian improvements, incorporation of historic and cultural characteristics, and bus stop improvements. To learn more about RTC's project, visit their website.

As part of the street renovation happening in the Midtown area of Reno, RTC and the City of Reno are installing artistic bike racks and benches along the streetscape.

Why Public Art?

We believe public art:

  • Promotes community character and values
  • Inspires connection to place
  • Celebrates a unique environment and cultural heritage
  • Fosters social interaction and creates memorable experiences
  • Invites pedestrian activity and inspires a healthy, connected community
  • Creates focal points that can become destination drivers
  • Revitalizes deteriorated or underutilized spaces, increases safety, and inspires redevelopment
  • Inspires community participation in the creative design of civic space

The initial phase of the project is to conduct public outreach. This will give affected citizens an opportunity to voice their ideas as well as to shape the process of choosing an artist to work with the community.

Tentative Schedule for Midtown Public Art Process

  • Monday, April 15

    Top 3 artists chosen by Public Art Committee with representatives from Midtown District.

  • Thursday, June 13

    Top 3 artists meet with stakeholders and community to get input.
  • Thursday, July 11

    Design Review Committee reviews public art proposals from top 3 artists for recommendation to Public Art Committee and Arts & Culture Commission.
  • Thursday, August 8

    Design Review Committee selects artistic benches and bike racks for recommendation to the Public Art Committee and Arts & Culture Commission.

Midtown Design Review Committee

Proposed Group Meeting Schedule

All meetings are scheduled after the weekly RTC meeting that starts at 9:00 am on every Thursday at The Saint on S. Virginia Street unless otherwise noted. Anyone is welcome to attend.

  • Meeting 1 - March 28

    Introductions, group mission, proposed schedule, community input. PDF of agenda and meeting summary.
  • Meeting 2 - April 11

    Group parameters review, participation guidelines, discussion of enhancements for further consideration, update on City Council funding. PDF of agenda and meeting summary.
  • Meeting 3 - May 9

    Final selection of enhancements, liaison report from Public Art Committee. PDF of meeting summary.
  • Meeting 4 - June 13

    Meet the 3 finalist artists for the Public Art component, community input on final design ideas.PDF of meeting summary.
  • Meeting 5 - July 11 *This meeting will take place at the Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St.)*

    Review public art proposals from artists for recommendation to Public Art Committee and Arts & Culture Commission. PDF of meeting summary. Finalist Proposals for Midtown Public Art: Eileen Gay, Hunter Brown, Saori Ide & Jonathan Russell.
  • Meeting 6 - August 8 *This meeting will take place at the Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St.)*

    Selection of artistic benches and bike racks for recommendation to Public Art Committee and Arts & Culture Commission.

If you would like to receive email updates and meeting notifications, please email Megan Berner, Public Art Program Coordinator, at bernerm@reno.gov or call (775) 326-6333.

National Endowment for the Arts logo The Midtown Public Art Project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.