Montgomery County, Texas is a vibrant hub of art and culture, with a plethora of activities and events to explore. From community theater groups to symphony orchestras, art leagues, and festivals, there is something for everyone. To ensure that these events are well-publicized and reach the right audience, the county has developed a comprehensive marketing suite to provide arts and humanities organizations with personalized tools to advertise their events. Public art is an integral part of Montgomery County's culture, as it can be a catalyst for community building, economic development, and a sense of belonging.
The location of the artwork, how it connects to its environment, and whether it attracts viewers are all important factors in its design. The county's public art program dates back to the late 1970s when County Councilman William Hanna established a county-wide program that funded art as a percentage of capital projects. The Public Arts Trust (PAT) was created to build and inspire communities through the creation of places and to encourage artists who are dedicated to public art. The Art Review Panel (with representatives from PATSC) reviews the artwork and makes recommendations for the final decision of the Planning Board.
Claudia Rousseau, representative of the Public Arts Trust's Steering Committee, is an art historian, independent curator, and art critic. Creating public art is an option as part of the Montgomery County development review process when applications are submitted in downtown and transit areas. Don't miss current performances at the Crighton Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts center built in 1934 and restored in 1976. A leader in the nonprofit arts and culture sector, Jenkins has held executive positions at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Recording Industry Association of the United States. Contact the Public Art Coordinator if you have more specific questions about public art in Montgomery County.