"One of the many recommendations -- and we've been batting this around -- is to establish a public arts commission. The second thing is to hire a professional staff person."
That person would be a city employee, she said later, "someone that's got an art background ... how to manage, how to promote, how to create educational programs. They'd probably wind up being a grant writer. They would be the liaison with all the owners.
"We haven't had a chance to get the steering committee together to write the executive summary [to the report] that outlines what our next steps are," she said. That should happen in the next two weeks. "It's on my priority list.
"We want to work with the owners of the public art, give them their individual report and the maintenance recommendations. That's 50-some reports."
Also Wednesday, CURA board members approved, without comment, a proposal to ban certain types of "undesirable" businesses from the Washington Street corridor by revising the East End Community Renewal Plan.
Ric Cavender, director of East End Main Street, said he'd talked to existing business owners in the last month. "There's been a lot of positive feedback. They'll be able to watch their business grow," he said.
The issue now goes to City Council for final approval.
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