Pittsburgh's 1st public art manager begins soon - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review If Pittsburgh wants to attract more young people -- and convince them to stay here -- the city must become more attractive, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.Welcome to town Kim. Now, if you please, duck.
Enter Kim Baker, 30, formerly of Seattle. The new Lawrenceville resident starts Aug. 20 as Pittsburgh's first-ever public art manager.
I do not agree with the concepts stated in the quote above by Luke Ravenstahl.
First, it begins with a big "if." If Pittsburgh wants to attract more people. So, Pittsburgh might not give a flying "IF" to attract immigrants.
Then there is the whole 'young people' focus. Should Pittsburgh put the 'young people' as a priority? Do the young people follow the trends? Are the young people flocking to the South Side in the nights and weekends and being a negative for the city's image -- as we heard early this week from consultants with the SSLDC.
The city "MUST" be more attractive. Wait. Didn't the city already clean up its smoky city image. Isn't the city blessed with one of the most attractive views anywhere in North America?
Are looks that important? Isn't it superficial to only want to be pretty -- attractive -- as flash that is only skin deep and nothing else.
What about Pittsburgh's personality, moxie, attitude, smarts, and fitness? Are those all meaningless to Luke.
And then there is the part about an 'investment into the city.' Really, this is an expense. This is a salary.
We NEED public art. Humm. Don't we already have public art? Do we want to be dynamic, or attractive?
Do we 'want' public art -- or do we 'need' public art.
I don't think Luke has a good grip upon what we 'want' and what we 'need.' The two are not the same.
The Heinz Endowments are going to pay for the $52k salary. But, she will be an employee. Pension, healthcare, overhead -- who's counting.
Great art draws people to the cities, so they think. Sigh.
Here is a clincher of a quote. She must have used this line in the interview to get hired: "I like public art, in particular, because access is available to everyone." (get out)
We've got a real, how do you say, 'hum dinger' there.
Did you know that Pittsburgh has this thingie -- but enforcement has been a problem. It hasn't been enforced for years. E-N-F-O-R-C-E-M-E-N-T
Enforcement in Pittsburgh is a joke. What is to be enforced is often a giggle.
But a new dawn is about to break. She hopes that in three to five years the city will commission artists to produce.
Public relations talk about three to five years might as well be talk of 30 to 50 years. The public treasury will still be in litigation with the the former executive from PAT who is seeking his back pension three years from now.