Creating a vision for the arts in Hermiston is the tagline of the “Exploring Arts Potential Workshop.”

The workshop runs from 6:30-9 p.m. on Sept. 8 in Room 101 at the Blue Mountain Community College Hermiston Campus, 980 Columbia Dr., and is sponsored b the Desert Arts Council, the City of Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon State University Extension Service.

For Mary Corp, vice president of Desert Arts council, the event is an opportunity for people in the community to talk about what they would like to see in Hermiston.

“I don’t think we’ve done this in a community before, not in the 30 years I’ve lived here,” Corp said. “Hermiston has grown as a community, and we have some nice public art pieces. Perhaps it’s time to look at some other things we can do.”

Workshop participants are asked to bring a picture of art they would like to see, an area in Hermiston they think would benefit from a public art piece and some creativity. Photos can also be submitted to the Desert Arts Council Facebook page and Corp will print the images and bring them to the workshop.

“Because I’m an artist and public art is something I’ve enjoyed in public places, I have a way of driving around town and thinking, ‘A fountain with a mosaic tiles made by our school children would be so cool right there,’” Corp said. “I have my favorite spots picked out, but I’d love to see what other people in the community think. This isn’t to create my vision. This is a workshop to create a community vision.”

Hermiston already had some examples of public art, Corp said, pointing out the clock tower in McKenzie Park and work to save the entryway to the old Union High School/Armand Larive Middle School.

“I see that (entryway) as a piece of architectural art,” Corp said. “Maybe people who have an interest in seeing more pieces in our public park or around our public buildings.”

The workshop is open to anyone in the community.

“Because we haven’t had this discussion as a community, I hope we have a broad cross-section of the community to come and share their opinions,” Corp said. “I think it would be great to see people from a broad perspective — community leaders, economic development leaders and artists — sitting together to see where that takes us.”

For more information about the workshop, contact Mary Corp at 541-720-3859 or mary.corp@oregonstate.edu.

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