Dublin Arts Council officials are working with city of Dublin leaders on a five-year plan that would identify options for permanent and temporary art in the city.
The public-art master plan is the first one of its kind the arts council is working on with the city, said Janet Cooper, director of engagement at the Dublin Arts Council.
The plan likely is to be adopted by the end of the second quarter and will provide a menu of options for large-scale permanent artwork, such as the city's "Field of Corn" and "Leatherlips," as well as temporary artwork and performance and spectacle art.
The arts council's public-art program began in 1988, Cooper said.
In developing the new five-year plan, the council is working with Helen Lessick, a public artist and consultant who has worked with other cities to create similar plans, Cooper said.
Opportunities exist to expand what people define as public art, to include such mediums as technology-based art, temporary installations and sensory art, said Michele Crandall, Dublin's assistant city manager. The city also could continue its Art in Public Places program installations.
"Public art provides a sense of place and community," Crandall said. "It allows for discovery and reflection and enhances our residents' civic pride."
The plan is just one of the initiatives the arts council has planned for 2019.
The others include updating the council's strategic plan, a process that will conclude by the end of the first quarter, Cooper said.
"It helps us really define our vision," she said.
Also on deck are six gallery exhibits for the council's visual-arts series.
From March 5 through June 7, the arts council will show Opening Doors: Calling Central Ohio Home, a group exhibition by new American artists who look at the context of identity through their artwork, Cooper said.
This is the third iteration in a three-year exploration of immigration, integration and identity, Cooper said, with this final year focusing on identity.
"I think that this will be a very meaningful exhibition for our community," she said.
At the end of the year, the arts council will show Masayuki Miyajima: New Work.
Miyajima, a Japanese ceramicist, has shown at the arts council's gallery before, Cooper said. The exhibit, which will run Nov. 12 through Dec. 18, will focus on the continuation of exploration material form, surface and function.
The collection is collectible and functional and will be available for purchase, Cooper said.
"It's absolutely, stunningly beautiful," she said.
Performances also are planned for 2019 -- specifically the annual Sundays at Scioto concert series.
The series, the 36th for the arts council, will run June 9 through July 28, Cooper said. A generous concentration of touring artists will be included this year, and musical genres will include alternative, soul, country, Celtic, Latin and zydeco.