ArtSynergy Project

Welcome to the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project


Public art helps to define a city by honoring its history, celebrating its culture, and creating rich experiences for residents and visitors alike. Art activates spaces and invigorates economies—and brings smiles and inspiration to folks of all ages, day in and day out. A new initiative of the City of Montpelier in collaboration with Montpelier Alive is the development of a strategic Public Art Master Plan and community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the framework of the city of Montpelier.

Crafting the plan begins in the Spring of 2017; recommendations will be presented in the Spring of 2018. 


Why does the City need a Master Plan?

The Montpelier ArtSynergy Master Plan knits our diverse community together by defining and implementing our expression—our signature—to the world. The people of Montpelier are creative, spirited, and ingenious. Our plan will set the standard for how we begin to implement and enjoy public art; it also celebrates our community’s artistic vitality. Public art helps us celebrate our heritage, communicates our direction, and characterizes our sense of place. 

Thoughtfully implemented public art will define “Montpelier” to ourselves and project our special qualities and competitive advantages to visitors and investors. In this way, our Public Art Master Plan doubles as an important economic development tool.

What Will the Plan Contain?

The ArtSynergy Master Plan will articulate goals, identify resources and propose prioritized strategies, timelines and cost estimates for the funding, placement, creation and maintenance of public art in Montpelier, with a focus on the Downtown. The ArtSynergy Master Plan will develop a public art strategy that connects future design and cultural initiatives for greater community and economic development. The community-wide planning process will include small focus groups, individual interviews, and large community exercises. The centerpiece of the planning process will be a series of five creative visioning workshops led by teaching artists from different disciplines. 

The Montpelier ArtSynergy Project will culminate with the installation of the first major city-funded public art work. This commissioned piece will celebrate the community’s work at developing the Public Art Master Plan and the adoption of the plan as a central component of city planning.

What is the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project Timeline? 

January - October 2017: Information gathering and research, project planning
October - November 2017: Public Workshops
November 2017 - May 2018: Creative Visioning Workshops
May - July 2018: Montpelier ArtSynergy Master Plan writing 
July 2018: Montpelier ArtSynergy Master Plan adoption

How Can I Get Involved?

You can contribute to the Montpelier ArtSynergy Project by photographing Montpelier and sharing your images with us on Instagram using the hashtag, #MyMontpelier. Be sure to share in the description what about your image represents the unique aspects of the city – how is Montpelier different from it’s neighbors and what’s the same? What reflects our history? What reflects our future?

Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Montpelier is encouraged to be involved every step of the way. Check back for events to see how you can get involved, come to a workshop or meeting, submit your images using #MyMontpelier on Instagram, or feel free to contact us anytime at Paul@CommunityEngagementLab.org