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City of Marion ImaginArt in the Alleys

Challenge

The City of Marion was looking to bring life, vitality and art to the Uptown Marion alleyways through a project called ImaginArt in the Alleys. Shive-Hattery worked with the City and Leadership Committee to improve the alleyways behind businesses along busy 7th Avenue and create a platform for local artists and designers.

Solution

A key part of the project was to engage property owners, business owners and the community and gain their support. A public input program was developed which included two public open houses to share the concepts and gather feedback. A website was also developed to serve as a public forum for the City to reach out to the community and for stakeholders to engage in collaborative conversations.

Impact

In addition to creating a vision for the area, infrastructure improvements needed to be addressed including storm sewer, sanitary sewer, utilities and pavement conditions. Project goals were met by preserving as much of the infrastructure as possible and allocating money provided through the ArtPlace America Grant for use on artwork. The ImaginArt in the Alleys project has created a walkable, friendly environment which connects and enriches Uptown Marion.
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