Suwanee art program to hold fundraiser

SUWANEE - Residents have joined forces in an effort to promote public arts initiatives undertaken by the City Council-appointed Public Arts Commission.

Suwanee's Public Arts Partnership, a volunteer program of about 40 residents, will host a fundraiser during Suwanee Day on Saturday to "elevate art and strengthen community," city officials said.

"The most vibrant communities around the country embrace public art," said Denise Brinson, Suwanee's economic and community development director "While the quality of life in Suwanee is outstanding, in order to take it to the next level, we need to make public art a significant component of our community."

At its Suwanee Day booth, the Suwanee Arts Partnership will hold a drawing for 12 pieces of artwork donated by local artists. The group will also style up "crazy hair" at its booth, city spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said.

All proceeds, DeWilde said, will benefit Suwanee's public arts efforts, including an art-on-loan exhibit scheduled for 2010.

The Public Arts Commission, established a year-and-a-half ago, encourages developers to incorporate public art into new projects. There is an opening, DeWilde said, and those interested may submit a letter of interest to Brinson.

For more information or to join the partnership, call Brinson at 770-945-8996 or e-mail her at denise@suwanee.com.