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Origin Story

 

In the early 1970’s, a lack of art opportunities in Bend led a handful of young mothers to seek out ways to bring art shows and art classes to Central Oregon. This initial impetus to bring more art to Bend has since morphed into the Art in Public Places’ vision: Give Bend public art in expansive, mindful, and encompassing ways. From a few strong-willed mothers to a registered nonprofit with immense impact on the Bend community, AiPP has become integral to the momentum of Bend and its people.

 

 

 

Here & Now

Today, AiPP is a nonprofit rooted in the community of Bend, Oregon. Funded by the Bend Foundation,  the Be Part of Art campaign, and private donations, AiPP enriches the experience of Bend by bringing permanent art installations to public spaces throughout the city.

The overarching goal of AiPP is to continue to grow Bend’s collection of public art in real and meaningful ways, transforming the city into a destination for art appreciators everywhere.

Who Is AiPP?

The board of directors of AiPP is comprised of several longstanding Bend residents, including Sue Hollern, Jody Ward, Cristy Lanfri, René Mitchell, Romy Mortensen, , and Doug LaPlaca. Together, members of the AiPP board hold a deep belief in the idea that art enhances the quality of life of a place.

AiPP remains committed to enriching the cultural environment of Bend through accessible, high-caliber art, as well as to connecting residents and encouraging visitors to the Bend area through its presence.

 

The AiPP Process

Each piece of art commissioned by AiPP undergoes an extensive vetting process to determine its overall value to the Bend community. Elements taken into consideration include:

 

    Level of artistic excellence

 

    Interactivity

 

    Innovative qualities

 

    Originality

 

    Ability to enhance a particular natural landscape or enliven a specific public space

 

AiPP’s calls for art are open to professional artists residing in the western and southwest regions of the U.S. who demonstrate prior experience with public art projects, including familiarity with site-specific design and materials suitable for public outdoor settings.

 

 

 


 

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