Greater Columbus Arts Council pledges $1M for Smart City Challenge

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 28, 2016 16:28

Greater Columbus Arts Council pledges $1M for Smart City Challenge

Universities, research companies and electric utilities are among the more obvious groups to contribute money and resources to Columbus’ Smart City Challenge.

A more unlikely candidate, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, has pledged $1 million to spruce up the transportation project.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council committed the money that could be used on kiosks, electric driverless vehicles and other infrastructure to help the city’s outreach and communication efforts.

Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications and events for the arts council, said she hopes to have conversations with the city this fall to solidify its proposals. Its ideas, outlined below, came from brainstorming sessions it held with those in the Linden neighborhood, which will be home to much of the smart-city tests.

“None of these are set in stone,” she said. “We don’t want to come in with a top-down approach.”

As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $40 million grant Columbus will test new transportation technologies in the next four years. The arts council said integrating art can help inspire and create pride into the program.

Here’s the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s early ideas on how art can be implemented:

  • Pay local artists to design smart city imagery for driverless vehicles, payment and information kiosks, crosswalks and trash bins and along key points in the areas home to some of the tests, like Linden and downtown.
  • Provide pop-up poetry-reading and music performances at transit centers, Central Ohio Transit Authority’s CMAX buses“and other unexpected places.”
  • Create a culture trail along smart city points “and corridors to highlight cultural venues, public art and concentrations of neighborhood stores and businesses.”
  • Install screens in taxis and buses that pay videos profiling Columbus artists and segments from WOSU TV shows on Columbus neighborhoods.
Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 28, 2016 16:28