Public Art Project for Animal Services

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AS & Art CoOrange County Animal Services has partnered with the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) to raise funds for a new public art piece to be housed at the Animal Services Center.  The Arts Commission approached Animal Services about the proposed project and has offered t

o match up to $2,240 for the project, which will need a minimum of $5,000 total.  The remaining $2,760 will need to be raised by Animal Services between now and December 31, 2016.

Friends of Orange County Animal Shelter (FOCAS) has donated $1,000 to the project, leaving a balance of $1,760 as the minimum amount needed to make the project a success.  Animal Services hopes that local donors will want to contribute to the effort and that even more might be raised for a project of greater scope.  Once funds are raised, the Arts Commission will reach out to local artists and take proposals for the piece.  Construction will begin once an artist has been chosen from the submitted proposals and they may vary greatly depending on the amount available for the project.

The current outside art sculptures ‘Sit and Stay’ by local artist Mike Roig were funded similarly through the Arts Commission prior to the opening of the Animal Services Center in 2009.  Art pieces of this kind are pivotal to the Animal Services Center and its original goal to be a destination place within the community.  From the earliest days of design, this concept was kept in mind for the Center, hoping to break old stereotypes about animal shelters and instead offer visitors and other community members a well-lit, inviting, and welcoming place to gather, volunteer, and adopt. 

Those interested in donating to this project can do so online via Orange County’s Community Giving Fund.  Donations are also welcome in other forms.  Those should go through Animal Services Director, Bob Marotto, by calling 919.968.2287.