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In a continuing effort to promote art and culture in Creve Coeur, the city has joined the Creative Communities Alliance (CCA). The CCA is a coalition of municipal and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the development of community arts in the St. Louis region. It provides a supportive network for creative communities to come together, learn from each other and promote the arts.
The decision to join the CCA came at the recommendation of the Creve Coeur Arts Committee which serves as the curator of the city’s public art collection. Several members of the Arts Committee participated in the formation of the CCA, which began in 2016. Other communities involved with the CCA include Chesterfield, Manchester, Kirkwood, O’Fallon, and Town and Country.
The alliance provides a supportive network intended to assist both the participating communities and local artists. The CCA assists member cities with calls for artists, the art selection process, creating art contracts and other art-related functions. It also helps member cities promote their public art programs and reach a larger audience.
In addition to assisting cities, the CCA also promotes collaborative programs. The first collaborative initiative is the Sculpture on the Move program, in which the City of Creve Coeur plans to participate. The Sculpture on the Move program is an area-wide temporary art program similar to the Creve Coeur Arts Committee’s current Art on Loan program. The project is intended to facilitate the installation of high quality, original artwork for communities to enhance public spaces with minimal cost and a short-term commitment. Participating cities will contract with artists to display artwork for a two-year term.
The city currently has one Sculpture on the Move pad installed in front of the Shoppes at Westgate on Olive Boulevard. The Creve Coeur Arts Committee is working with staff to explore opportunities to install additional sculpture pads at the Dielmann Recreation Complex and at the new police station building.
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