Art For The Price Of A Pizza

| Tuesday, May 20 | 10:45 a.m - 12 p.m. | Room: Richard A | Session Tracks: U, AD

Many of us overlook opportunities for art or have trouble convincing others about the importance of art in your downtown. This session will discuss three approaches to bring the bling to your empty walls and pocket parks without breaking the bank. In fact, you may hear more ka-ching in the cash registers! Hear what a landscape architect, sculptor, and regional art institute offer as opportunities for your community. All for the price of a pizza!


Stacey Tobar, City of Garden City 
Having developed her knowledge of urban revitalization while working in many metro Detroit communities, Stacey has applied her design skills to many projects that recapture what is good about urban and historic metro cores. She has experience in urban streetscapes, park space, schools, and large corporate campus facelifts.  As a registered landscape architect in the State of Michigan and LEED Accredited Professional, the biggest drive of her professional career is placemaking - seeing the action in the pedestrian spaces.  Stacey has a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University and a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2009 as well as Outstanding Board Member in 2013 from Main Street Oakland County, and chairs her communities Design Committee.  Stacey is utilizing her 15 year knowledge of Main Street by recently becoming the director of the Garden City DDA.

John Sauve, Sauve Art Foundation 
John Sauve served as Executive Assistant to the founding director of the Michigan Council for Arts, E. Ray Scott, with responsibility for the Michigan Commission on the Art in Public Spaces. Sauve prompted the creation of the Brighton Mayor's Commission on Art in Public Spaces in Brighton, MI and served as chairperson. This led to the Brighton Biennial Sculpture Exhibit, which installed 28 pieces of large scale public art in the City of Brighton.  John conceived the development of the Green Oak Sculpture Park, a new outdoor life-style shopping center in Green Oak, MI. In 2008 the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized the design withe Merit Award. John has a Masters in Arts Administration and a Bachelors of Art History and Marketing from Michigan State University.

Kathryn Dimond, Detroit Institute of Arts 
Kathryn Dimond is an experienced project manager with expertise in marketing and community outreach. A docent at the Detroit Institute of Art, she has extensive training in art history and the DIA's teaching methods. In her current role as director of community relations, Dimond manages the DIA's efforts to engage members of the community using art experiences within and outside of the DIA. She played a key role in the museum's successful millage effort in August 2012, and is now working to fulfill requirements set forth in agreements pertaining to millage support. Dimond previously served as an assistant to the DIA's Executive Vice President for Planning and Administration and as a Special projects Coordinator in the DIA's nationally recognized Department of Learning and Interpretation.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in social science from Michigan State University and is a member of the Leadership Macomb program.