THE HART PROJECT “putting the art in Hart”
Over the past year, our community has been building momentum towards an exciting new project to bring new life, authentic stories, and the arts to our growing community. This endeavor, “25 by 2025”, is an effort to get 25 art installations to the downtown area of Hart, Michigan. We have two main goals with this project: to revitalize the area and bring tourists off the freeway and into our hidden jewel of a city and to use the arts for locals and tourists to connect in a meaningful way to the stories of others. Using a combination of art installations, written word, and celebration, we explore the stories of those who founded Hart, return to visit, and who continue to create the diverse and unique city it is today.
It is our goal to kick things off by commissioning Bill Secunda, a five-time Art Prize artist/sculptor, to build a 24-ft tin man sculpture holding a huge heart to be installed in Downtown Hart.
Funding for a 24-foot tin man sculpture would turn a dream into reality giving Hart a statement piece to kick off this art initiative and grab the attention of the community. Along with 25 murals by 2025, a sculpture of this scale gives visitors a reason to come to Downtown Hart. Many travel to this area to experience the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. The impact will strengthen our shops, restaurants, and downtown district overall. If Hart can become known as a vibrant art community, we believe it will attract new businesses and residents who are looking for a community that embraces creativity, diversity, and new ideas.
3-Year Goal (25 public art installments in Hart by the year 2025)
Hart currently has 6 murals
2023 add 6 permanent public art installations including the Tin Man
2024 add 7 permanent public art installations
2025 add 6 permanent public art installations
The Hart Project Team is currently identifying suitable locations for 19 new public art installments in a walkable area of downtown. The group is also discussing whether or not there should be a theme. It has been decided that each piece will tell a story and seek an emotional connection with the viewer.
In addition to the public art installments, the Hart Project group will host its first “annual” Art Walk in the fall of 2022 in downtown with artists showcased inside downtown businesses for a meet and greet & viewing of their original art. An art festival is anticipated in 2023 along with the addition of an artisan center/studio space.
It is our hope that all community investment decisions will consider being part of this effort (back ally art, community benches, flower pots, trash receptacles, light poles, decorating empty storefronts, landscape design, etc) to continue… putting the ART in Hart!
JOIN THE DISCUSSION - everyone is welcome!
25 by 25 Planning
October 11, 2022
City of Hart Community Center
407 S State St
Hart, MI 49420
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual tour of Downtown to identify suitable locations for 19 new public art installments in a walkable area of downtown
Art Walk - wrap-up
The Frozen Tin Man - winter golf outing
COMING SOON TO DOWNTOWN HART...
The Hart Economic & Redevelopment Team is serving as the fiduciary for the newly formed "Hart Project" focused on putting art in Hart. We are seeking funding support for a 24-foot tin man sculpture that would serve as a statement piece to kick off this art initiative and grab the attention of the community for support of future public art installments. The reason we've decided to start with such a large piece is that a sculpture of this scale gives visitors a "BIG reason" to come to Downtown Hart which will ultimately strengthen our shops, restaurants, and downtown district overall. This art initiative will attract new businesses and residents who are looking for a community that embraces creativity, diversity, culture, and new ideas.
If you would like to support The Hart Project's goal of acquiring 25 new public art installments by the year 2025 you can give below. Your gift is greatly appreciated!