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So the rumor I’ve heard is there will be no more top ten repeats: after this year, artists in the top ten cannot return. I’ve also heard the rule is that artists in the top ten cannot return the year following that in which they made the top ten, but can after that. This is said to be the reason why the artist who did the monkeys on the blue bridge said not to vote for his, so he could return next year.
With 4/10 this year having been in the top ten in previous years – one in both! – this would let us see new artists up for prizes. I think this would be a really good change. However, it’s still nice to see these artists’ works, especially if they want to be here without even earning votes. I think it would be great to let them come back without voting IDs and have them show at venues away from the popular ones, in neighborhoods without as much ArtPrize traffic. This would draw people to outer venues while still allowing these artists to exhibit pieces but put new artists in the top ten.
There’s some changes I appreciated this year, and I’m going to blog about them here very soon.
1. ArtBus Shuttle: two routes and more stops, not limited almost exclusively to exhibition centers. Feels like it’s getting you where you want to go faster and closer. They also partnered with Hope Network to provide accessible transportation for those with wheelchairs and walkers – still requires a shuttle pass – ask a wayfinder for a card with the number to call.
Room for improvement:
-Shuttle drivers are requesting wayfinders on board – seems like a good idea, questions get asked on them.
-Clarity on using the Alpine bus route to see some art that way – it’s a good option if planning around the schedule. There’s already dots on the map for ArtBus stops, I’d add dots for other route stops, at least those near venues.
-Dash information – a free way to hop around town.
-Maybe a north shuttle which covers some more venues up there, making the other shuttles south-east (blue) and south-west/central (pink). I’d suggest the third route cover north Monroe and Front street.
2. Neighborhood Top 25: showcased pieces in less-visited neighborhoods…
Room for improvement:
-…but such neighborhoods still didn’t seem to get much exposure. I think each neighborhood should be represented in the second round of voting, so elsewhere I described a representative pool, where each neighborhood would have a number of their top 25 corresponding to their total number of pieces move on to the pool, from which the top ten would be chosen during the second week, still ending with the second week.