The Milford Cultural Council (MCC) is excited to announce the second phase of its ongoing Art in the Parks public art initiative being conducted in partnership with the Milford Parks Department and Highway Department. Launching now is the Trash to Treasure Barrel Project. In early July the Parks Department will be purchasing 12 steel drum barrels to be creatively painted by local artists and then installed in various locations along the Upper Charles River Trail and in Milford parks.
The council is now seeking design proposals from artists and art students, as well as financial sponsors for each barrel. Artists and sponsors will be recognized on a metal plaque that will be installed on each barrel upon completion. The artists and sponsors will also be recognized in an online portfolio of all designs.
Each artist is welcome to submit more than one design proposal. Designs will be reviewed by the MCC Public Art Subcommittee based on feasibility, originality, innovation, and adherence to design criteria.
Community groups, service clubs, businesses, schools, churches, residents, artists, and other community groups and/or organizations are eligible to sponsor barrels. Sponsors may choose an artist to work with on a design proposal or they may select an approved design from a portfolio provided by the MCC. Potential sponsors are welcome to support more than one barrel design.
Applicants (artists and sponsors) need to mail, email, or deliver to Milford Town Hall a completed proposal no later than midnight on Friday, June 17, 2022.
Detailed information for artists and sponsors, including the sponsorship form and design entry form, can be downloaded from the town website. Go to MilfordMa.gov/milford-cultural-council and click “Trash to Treasure Barrel Project 2022” in the left menu panel.
Cultural Council Chairperson Geri Eddins says, “The members of the Cultural Council are thrilled to be collaborating with the Parks and Highway Departments again to launch another community art project that will showcase local talent and help to beautify our outdoor spaces. We hope to see many members of the community step up to sponsor a barrel to help support this investment in community pride.”
The MCC will notify winning artists and sponsors by June 27, 2022.
Questions about this project can be emailed to email@example.com.
The first phase of Art in the Parks launched in late February, when the council invited local artists to submit patriotic designs for three picnic tables to complete a second round of its popular Brush to Table Picnic Table Project. Additional planned projects for Art in the Parks include the installation of a permanent chess table at Town Park, as well as painted game boards on existing tables at Louisa Lake.
A reveal event for Art in the Parks is planned for Saturday, September 10. The rain date is September 11. The primary event location will be Fino Field, with completed barrels placed along the trail to the satellite location at Louisa Lake. Details will be announced at a later date.
The MCC seeks to promote excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural experience for all Milford residents. Current members include: Geri Eddins, Chairperson; Sandra Buckley, Vice Chairperson; Joclyn Crivello; Martin Montoya, Treasurer; Nicole Romiglio, Secretary; C.C. Chapman; Jenny Lyons; Aboighasem Moazeni; Noressa Santomenna; Patricia Solomon; Khizra Syeda; Michael Visconti; and Sara Vono-Caires. Any resident who is interested in joining the council is invited to complete a talent bank application (available on the town website) and return it to the Town Administrator’s office.
The MCC welcomes ideas, recommendations, and feedback regarding programs and events funded or sponsored by the council. Interested Milford residents are encouraged to attend meetings, which are held every third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. typically in Room 14 of Town Hall. Comments and requests for information can be emailed to the council at CulturalCouncil@TownofMilford.com.