WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Public Art Council (WPAC) will be hosting a virtual education session on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. The session will provide the committee and the community an opportunity to discuss a vision for public art in Williamsburg.
During the online session, WPAC will provide a presentation on public art, the committee’s mission, and answer questions submitted via the online registration form used for the event.
WPAC is the city’s brand new committee and it’s currently operating in its inaugural year (2021-22). The committee was added as a board of the city of Williamsburg under ordinance #21-01. The purpose of WPAC is to play an advisory role to City Council. WPAC will provide the city council with assistance in the acquisition, donation, commission, and funding of public art in the city.
“The Williamsburg Public Art Council is a new board carrying out an exciting new mission for the City of Williamsburg. This education session is provided so the community can learn about WPAC’s purpose and the varied definitions and types of public art in order to help create a shared vision for our City,” said Council Member Barbara Ramsey, who is also a member of WPAC. “Public art adds a valued component to a community’s quality of life and economic vitality, so having a plan for acquisition and place of art is very important.”
WPAC consists of the following members:
Robert Currie (Chair), member-at-large
Patricia Rublein (Vice-Chair), Williamsburg Area Arts Commission
Sarah Balascio (Secretary), member-at-large
Barbary Ramsey, City Council
Pat Dent, City Council
Harold Philipsen, Economic Development Authority
Chris Caracci, Tourism Development Grant Review Committee
Elain McBeth, Planning Commission
Scott Spence, Architectural Review Board
The new committee announced that they will be recording the educational session and it will be posted to the City of Williamsburg youtube page.
More information about the City Council or WPAC can be found at the City of Williamsburg eMeetings website.