Public art projects still in the planning phase | Government

After a whirlwind months of controversy in Oregon, village president Randy Glysch reassured community members that their opinions on initiatives such as ongoing public art projects are always appreciated. and heard by local government officials.

Previously, the village had received a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Administration to fund arts facilities in the downtown area. The council also recently accepted a smaller grant of $4,100 from the Wisconsin Arts Council for the project, which intends to allow local artists to exhibit their work in spaces owned by the village.

Regardless of where the facilities end up, Glysch stressed that the various councils and committees involved will open up the conversation to the public in the coming months. “We’re going to focus first on getting some sculptures downtown… We want to make sure we can say, ‘We’re thinking of these five, what do you think, which is your favorite?’ So we want to include the public, he said.

Before these options are presented to the public, Glysch explained, the village government will address issues such as the safety, location and sustainability of the sculptures in meetings. They looked to other Wisconsin communities to get a sense of what the Oregon art scene might look like.

“There may be things that the general public may not think about, but we will think about it and let it be known,” he said.

His post came after numerous instances of pushback from community members who believed the village council lacked transparency and responsiveness on issues such as the sculpture park project on Main Street land and a potential redesign of the village logo.

“I don’t mind when people disagree, but…I don’t like it when people start attacking you, calling me corrupt.” I do not like it. I don’t think it’s beneficial,” Glysch said. “Everyone can have their opinion on what should happen and we try to be as open as possible.”

Glysch encouraged community members to attend village board meetings and use the public comment window to make their voices heard on issues important to them. He also posts daily updates on his whereabouts on his public Facebook page.

Louisa R. Loomis