The future of 'Art on the Corner' hanging in the balance

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The future of a hugely popular art program was discussed today. Dozens of artists packed into a public meeting to discuss Grand Junction's Art on the Corner program.

Tuesday night was an open forum for a conversation between the Downtown Development Authority and the public. The DDA's funds have been cut over the years and officials there say it's more important than ever to be fiscally responsible with the money the do have.

For the past 29 years, sculptures have graced Main Street, part of the Art on the Corner program that was born right here with Dave Davis.

"I think it gives us an identity...think of it this way, if you're 8 years-old in 1984 and you grew up seeing more artwork than you would have seen in any major community," said Davis.

There were rumors the program was going to end entirely, but Davis says that's not the case.

"There was a danger of the community becoming apathetic about it because it has always been here. They don't know how it happens and why it happens [Art on the Corner] and we need to get, really get out there and be more visible to our community," said Davis.

Many in tonight's three hour meeting would like to see AOTC make money and subsidize other areas in the community.

They also said they would like to possibly hire someone new to the DDA who is passionate about art, to work on AOTC.

Tonight's forum laid the groundwork for ways Art on the Corner can be enhanced.

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