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Medina discussing regulations for public art

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2020 at 8:55 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Julian Montague of Buffalo has completed this mural on two walls of a building at the corner of Pearl Street and West Avenue in Medina.

MEDINA – The Village of Medina, which approved a 60-day moratorium on Aug. 24 on new applications for public arts projects, is discussing if the village codes need to be updated.

Two Village Board members – Tim Elliott and Todd Bensley – have met with Planning Board representatives. They will be meeting again on Oct. 8 and the group looking at the issue could be expanded to include artists and others with expertise in public art, Bensley said on Monday during the Village Board meeting.

The group is looking at the current village ordinance for public arts projects and also will consider whether Medina should create a Public Arts Commission to review such projects.

Two murals have recently been completed in Medina, with one in the historic district on Proctor Place and another on a cinder block building outside the historic district at the corner of West Avenue and Pearl Street.

Two more murals have been approved with both on Proctor Place.

The murals have all been coordinated by the Form Foundation, which is led by Tim Hungerford and Teresa Misiti.

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