Sequim live for commentary on downtown Sequim corner
SEQUIM – Community members can now offer their comments on the development of Centennial Place, the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, as part of the two-year “Sequim Undertory” project.
The surveys are online at sequimwa.gov/983/Sequim-Understory. Residents of the city will also receive a survey with their May utility bill, which can be mailed back to the Sequim Civic Center, Attention Sequim Underory, 152 W. Cedar St., Sequim, WA 98382, or filed between double doors to the Civic Center. main entrance.
Polls may also be available at certain events, as state guidelines allow gatherings, city officials said. The survey deadline is August 31st.
Questions focus on audience involvement in the space, preferred features, as well as any insight the respondent can provide on Sequim.
The intention is to find a purpose for the space that city council members agreed to purchase in 2013, the city’s centenary year, city staff said.
Aurora Lagattuta, coordinator of Sequim Arts, previously said that “Sequim Understanding” follows a process called “Creative Placemaking,” the use of creative strategies for equitable community planning and development where people look at names, like a tree or a fountain, and verbs, such as “how do you want to feel” and “what do you want to do here”.
For more information on the project, visit sequimcityarts.com/understory.
Marina Shipova, a resident of Sequim for 20 years and a professor at Peninsula College, was selected by the city’s Arts Advisory Board as the project’s artistic scholar.
With a $ 1,000 contract, she will engage with the public to develop a locally relevant photographic story with digital art using what she calls “photo stories”.
“I will bring a taste of the present and the past through the representation of local families, events, businesses and monuments,” she wrote in her application.
Shipova, a classically trained artist and photographer, says she taught graphic design, photography and art in Port Angeles for most of her time in the area.
She will develop a presentation to share during the first artistic walk on Friday, November 5, provisionally at the Civic Center.
City staff said some of the residents Shipova will photograph so far include several generations of farmers, First Nations residents and ballerinas.
Shipova said that one of her students encouraged her to apply. Its aim is to find people “uniquely linked to Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula and with a close connection to the land and its history”.
Shipova says on her website that she was born and raised in Russia and that her work stems from the “tradition of classical portrait painting”.
She finds that digital photography “transforms the perception of image creation and pushes the limits of reality to new and infinite heights.”
“This new digital reality is my canvas, allowing me to create my own visual and conceptual world emerging through the intersection between painting, photography and computer graphics,” she writes.
City staff said Shipova was one of the two selected artists, but the second artist did not agree to the terms of the project’s contract.
Previously, Lagattuta said the artists are not involved in the actual redesign of the corner space, but that they “help us create a better conversation on Sequim.”
In late fall, city staff and stakeholders will review polls and artist feedback, she said, and about 10 options will be selected for city council to consider Centennial Square.
Based on the council’s comments, city staff may return the options to the public in 2022 for review.
Shipova said she was “quite open to what works best for people” at Centennial Place.
“I am very flexible when it comes to the format,” she said.
Learn more about Shipova at sequimcityarts.com/art-fellow. To learn more about the projects, call 360-683-4908.
Matthew Nash is a reporter for the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is made up of the Sound Publishing Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum newspapers. Reach it at [email protected].