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Be a pART of the Library through ReImagining Works


The Library can be a destination - a place for creation, learning, and collaboration. Inspired by a recent anonymous bequest to integrate original works of art in the 17 new buildings or renovated facilities, the Library partnered with the Dayton Art Institute to curate and manage a comprehensive art installation project. You can support this exciting program to bring original works of art into the Libraries for free, public interpretation.

This innovative program taps into the DAI's stellar collection to provide inspiration for original art for the Library's new facilities. Each building is approached as an individual initiative, with its own design constraints and distinct viewing audience. Library patrons vote (online and in the Branch) on a selection of works from The DAI's permanent collection. The winning pieces will serve as a prompt, from which artists will express the creativity, joy, pride of place, and shared experience of visiting the Library.

The Importance of Public Art In Libraries

KallsketchLibraries and museums are both places of discovery. This spirit underlies the collaborative project, which encourages active participation by library patrons and supports the joy of knowledge unfolding. The "re-imagining" theme provides a unique partnership to benefit two community treasures – the Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute – through the exposure to potentially new audiences, increased appreciation for art and the opportunity for future art-related programming in the library's new hands-on activity spaces. Always free to patrons, this public art project will provide long-lasting, free artistic enjoyment. Similar to the Miami Valley - a community with a rich history and a spirit of innovation - this project is simultaneously reminiscent of the classics and a new creation. Join us in ReImagining Works and creating a vibrant public art scene within the Libraries.
To donate to this important project, contact Megan Cooper.

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