Macomb County Launches Art Appreciation Card


Artist John Sauve stands in front of his sculpture, Selbsterkenntnis, in downtown Mount Clemens on August 28.

Photo by Deb Jacques

    Visitors to the digital map can also submit artwork on display in the county.

Visitors to the digital map can also submit artwork on display in the county.

Photo by Deb Jacques

MACOMB COUNTY – Want to find where all the local art can be found? Macomb County has a map for that.

The makers of OneMacomb recently launched their new digital resource, a map of all public arts located in the 27 communities of Macomb County. The map is a comprehensive tool that residents and visitors can use to find local art, including sculptures, paintings, murals, and a variety of other mediums.

The digital map was unveiled on August 28 in front of leaders of the arts and culture community and members of the general public at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens.

“We’re excited to offer residents and visitors another tool that will help them ‘make Macomb their home’,” said Mark Hackel, Macomb County Manager. “Communities across the county have made big investments in public art. Our hope is that the map will inspire people to go out, explore their neighborhoods, and see these works in person. “

The creation of the map was inspired by the growing belief that public art adds value to communities beyond its visual benefits. The initial concept for the map was developed by Macomb County Deputy Executive Pam Lavers and OneMacomb.

“There has been a real movement to uplift the arts and culture in Macomb County,” Lavers said. “And the public art card will be used to bring new appeal to the county and provide an important social and cultural connection for our residents and visitors.”

The map was created by Jessica Worley, GIS specialist at Macomb County Planning and Economic Development. Art can be found on the map by location and type – paintings, murals, sculptures or others.

Individuals can also submit their favorite public art to the map to help the county create its catalog. As an incentive, prizes will be awarded at random to those who submit entries. The next prize packs and draw dates are Friday, September 21, loot from the Starkweather Arts Center and a $ 20 gift card to the centre’s gift shop; and Friday, October 5, choice of the recipient of a DIA Inside | Out replica.

There is also a scholarship program related to submitting images and art to the card. While specific details have yet to be finalized, the program will target local college and high school students. The scholarships – sponsored by First State Bank, The, and OneMacomb – are valued at $ 1,500, $ 1,000, and $ 500. More information will be announced by the county in the fall, officials said.

Following the introduction of the digital map, Phil Gilchrist, Executive Director of the Anton Art Center, led guests to downtown Mount Clemens, where many works by local artists are on display.

“Mount Clemens has so many wonderful works of art that are open and accessible to all residents and visitors,” said Gilchrist. “But today’s map launch and walkabout really showcases the amazing artwork we have across the county. We are very fortunate to have so many paintings, murals and sculptures within our reach.

To view the Macomb County Public Art Map, visit GIS.MacombGov.Org/GO/Art. To submit à la carte artwork, visit GIS.MacombGov.Org/GO/Art_Form.

For more information on OneMacomb, visit

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