“Iʼm thrilled to be a part of this project! While painting the streets of Lexington last summer, I realized how hungry our community is for public art,” says Eames. “Our supporters said a lot of the same things to0: ‘art is not in my daily life’ or ‘Iʼve never been to a gallery’ … they had no access.”
Change for Art was an inspiration from the Now What, Lexington? unconference, hosted by ProgressLex in 2010, following the Creative Cities Summit. The first meter was designed by Phillip March Jones and installed at what is now the Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Lexington Legends.
Change for Art is a non-profit that pays artists to turn decommissioned parking meters into public art. The working meters, while not used for parking, function as an ongoing fundraiser to support individual working artists in Lexington, Kentucky.
Organization founder, Robbie Morgan states, “Change For Art brings art to the public in a fun, inclusive way while recycling an everyday product bound for the landﬁll. The meters make art more accessible to more people and allows the public to make a personal impact by donating spare change to support art in Lexington!”
CD Central owner, Steve Baron, is looking forward to the new installation in front of his business. ” We’re very excited to be able to host a Change for Art meter at CD Central. As a record store, we’re very much in tune with the idea of promoting artists and culture in our community and with our location on campus, we hope that the Change for Art concept will reach a wide range of people who want to support the arts in an easy and fun way.”
The meter installation begins at noon Saturday, August 27th, and will continue throughout the day. The public is invited to watch all or any part of the installation process.
Stay tuned for the next Change for Art installations coming next month: one will be hosted by Good Foods Market and Cafe with artist, Lennon Michalski and a second one hosted by Buster’s Billiards and Backroom with artist, Keith Spears.