6th Avenue Corridor Project
The Greater Des Public Art Foundation awarded $20,000 to the 6th Avenue Corridor to support the early integration of art in the streetscape improvement planning process. Artist Chaden Halfhill was selected to work with a team and develop ideas. Rather than designing individual works of art, Halfhill considered the broader role that art will play as it is integrated though out this revitalized corridor. “The multicultural and diverse character of 6th Avenue Corridor’s residential and commercial neighborhood is unique, and the vision for its passageway is spectacular!” remarked M. Jessica Rowe, Director of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation. “We’re delighted to be a partner and to advance the involvement of the artist Chaden Halfhill in the planning and design process for this 1.2 mile transportation corridor. The project is a great example of our public art process that depends upon a creative and collaborative approach to planning. Our partnership with 6th Avenue Corridor helps to nurture the City’s wider strategies for economic, social and cultural development — our aim is to enrich the lives in our community by advancing the best of public art.” Sixth Avenue Corridor is working with the City of Des Moines and other stakeholders to ensure implementation and success of a new streetscape, including new pedestrian safety features, aesthetic improvements, and sustainability concepts. An improved streetscape is planned to complement 6th Avenue’s business improvement objectives and the surrounding neighborhoods goals of community building and housing revitalization.
“Art adds so much to public space and will provide an opportunity for 6th Street Corridor to celebrate its rich history and vibrant community. The integration of creative ideas throughout the streetscape will definitely augment goals to generate a pedestrian friendly business corridor that will be a local destination."Chaden Halfhill and others to be determined