by Andrew Crisp
Before public art starts to take shape in Boise's 30th Street Neighborhood, officials are looking for creative input from residents through a collaborative community design event.
Boise neighbors, parents and artists are invited to a "charette" process at Whittier Elementary School, located at 301 N. 29th St., scheduled for Saturday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The charette, the French term for a period of intense design activity, will help guide projects planned for the community.
One installation proposed for Whittier would serve as a boundary, both functional and artistic, between the school's playground and the forthcoming 30th Street extension, which will likely be named Whitewater Park Boulevard and is currently under construction.
As Boise Weekly reported in October 2012, architect and artist Stephanie Inman created a Cultural Arts Plan to look at opportunities for public art in the neighborhood.
March 9, the community can brainstorm ideas and provide input on how the neighborhood should take shape artistically, with breakfast and snacks provided by organizers over the course of the meeting.
More information can be found via a PDF version of the invitation, which is available below.