The City of Durango is looking to bedazzle its strip and wants residents to help with the design. Thanks to a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City is undertaking a community art project to gussy up the two median strips on Highway 550/160 (near the site of the former arc of misery that shall not be named.) That’s right, instead of kevetching about the finished product, you can actually have a say and hand in making it.
The city recently put out a request for proposals from strip visionaries and will cull the applications to three finalists. Interested residents can meet the finalists next Fri., Feb. 9, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at an open house at Ska Brewing. Folks can also learn about their proposals and, of course, drink a few beverages to help fuel the creative process.
If you can’t make it to the open house, the City will outline the three final proposals on its Virtual City Hall website (www.durangogov.org/virtualcityhall) from Feb. 5 – 23. 2. You can view the proposals, designs and processes and – most importantly – vote for your favorite.
And last but not least, information on the proposals will be displayed at various stations around town from Feb. 12 – 23.
Then, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and put on your smock, as each proposal requires help from youth and the community in its creation. Workshops are planned for 2018 and 2019.