The wonderful Mayor Don Walters shared with us his views on the impact art has had on the city of Cuyahoga Falls, how art has impacted him, and the art projects he has supported.
1. What is your personal experience with the arts? / What role has the arts played in your life?
As a lifelong fan of live music, I have been grateful to have access to the infamous Blossom Music Center located in Cuyahoga Falls. I have also been appreciative of all of the venues in the area that are committed to promoting and proving visibility to local musicians and bands. The arts have provided a soundtrack to some of the greatest memories of my life.
2. What are you most proud of when it comes to arts and culture in Cuyahoga Falls?
I am most proud of how far we have come in the City of Cuyahoga Falls in integrating arts into conversations about how we can better utilize public spaces and leverage new development opportunities. Knowing that the arts are an economic driver for communities like ours makes making strategic and intentional investments a no-brainer.
3. What would you like to see new or different in the arts and culture of Cuyahoga Falls?
I would like to see continued efforts in bringing public art to spaces throughout the city. Excitement is building around the public art pieces that are slated to be unveiled in Cuyahoga Falls in the coming year by renowned artists like Don Drumm, Stacy Levy, and Peter Jones, and I am thrilled to watch this evolve.
4. What are some of the ways that you’ve supported or been involved with the arts while in office?
Since I took office back in 2014, the City of Cuyahoga Falls has created a Cuyahoga Falls Public Art Board. The Public Art Board serves as an advisory body to the Planning Commission on any public art installation or art project in the city. They recommend, review, approve, and certify all public art installations. Additionally, we have hosted art installations in Cuyahoga Falls City Hall that are created by local artists. We do this to provide the public with free access to art. We also host the Falls Downtown Fridays summer concert series, where we only hire local musicians to perform on the stage of the Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Amphitheater. The retail and market vendors featured at the events are local makers from the area. Those are just a few of the ways in which we have been able to support the arts while making a large-scale community impact in the city.
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