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Arts Commission

From: domainremoved <Kate>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:07:48 -0800

Dear City Council Members:

Menlo Park in the heart of Silicon Valley with a wide range international residents is a diverse, active community. What is missing is public art.

Creative growth is linked to civic pride, and economic and professional growth. Public art promotes the authentic image of Menlo Park as a unique place, community and destination with strong neighborhoods who have been successful in placing public art works.

The discussion of public art can be a participatory, thoughtful and an active process for all citizens who want to raise their voice. With many public and private schools in Menlo Park, a wide range and great depths of skill, experience, and interest, we address each individualĀ“s sense of responsibility for making the city a better, more interesting, inspiring place for everyone.

Art does not have to be beautiful. It is not decoration. It has a meaning, a story to tell. We want citizens to reflect on this. Currently there is no medium which reflects the uniqueness of Menlo Park. We can achieve this through visual art.

We have many local artists in Menlo Park with a diverse background. Badri Valian from Iran has showed her performance art pieces in the gallery, Albert Smith has been a Menlo Park resident and artist for 50 years. Oleg Lobykin from Palo Alto has placed his sculptures at the Googleplex and works closely with Stanford.

Lin Evola who lives partly in the Bay Area and New York City, is establishing her Peace Angel Project at the 911 Museum in NYC. She wants to bring her sputtered pieces consisting of melted weapons to Silicon Valley. A unique opportunity for Menlo Park to be the city on the West Coast to show off their Peace Angel. San Francisco has been asked, but we should bring this to Menlo Park. I am working closely with Lin to exhibit some of her smaller art pieces in the gallery to give Menlo Park a sense of what statement art can make in the whole world. To display a Peace Angel publicly would draw visitors to our city and make our citizens proud.

I invite the City Council to be part of this to make a difference, and I would like to ask you to initiate an Arts Commission for Menlo Park. I will fully support and inspire it.

Sincerely,

Dr. Katharina Powers, Menlo Park resident
Art Ventures Gallery
888 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Tue Jan 30 2018 - 11:10:58 PST

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