PITTSBURG, Kansas. — The art scene has always been strong in the city of Pittsburgh, exploding in recent years.
Now a new movement is underway to use this art to build community.
“Here, recently, we have had a wonderful movement of artists in the region. Really, the groundwork has already been laid,” said Christa Cunningham, president of Pittsburg Artwalk.
So, at Monday’s Downtown Advisory Council meeting, Cunningham pitched the idea of creating an arts district in Pittsburgh.
“The idea is to encompass our downtown core. It would be roughly from the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, then south to Jolly Fox, west to the Library, then as far east as the Frisco Event Center and the new Fun Depot.
The effort is designed to help promote tourism through the local arts scene that is growing throughout downtown.
“It’s really bringing more positive attention to Pittsburgh, it’s kind of a jazzy way to identify what’s already happening here.”
“It’s a place where people can go to learn about art and the businesses that support the arts,” added Sydney Anselmi, chairman of the Pittsburg Downtown Advisory Board.
At the same time, improve local support for the arts in area businesses.
“It would also hopefully encourage downtown business owners and people who own downtown real estate to encourage and support local art. My company, Audacious, we have a mural that has been installed.
And create a new way to further stimulate the city’s economic development.
“If there’s a way to get grants for projects just by putting the Pittsburg Art District name on it, if that helps at all, that’s what we’re here for,” Cunningham said.
“I think public art and downtown are very synergistic. So they work really well together and it’s just something that happened naturally in Pittsburgh and we hope that continues to grow,” Anselmi said.