Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C., shareholder Ed Wallis recently appeared on KWAM 990 radio to discuss his role as Chair of the UrbanArt Commission and their efforts to engage the community through the creative use of public space in Memphis. Mr. Wallis joined the UrbanArt Commission Board of Directors in 2015 and previously served as Vice Chair for 2016-2017. He was named Chair for 2017-2018 earlier this year.
“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a vibrant organization as UrbanArt,” says Wallis. “One of the things I find most rewarding about my role with this group is being able to give artists the tools they need so they produce pieces of work that make people think and talk, thereby creating vibrant neighborhoods.”
UrbanArt is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Memphis, Tennessee, that has worked to cultivate a dynamic, vibrant, and nurturing community through public art and design. UrbanArt partners with a variety of community stakeholders including neighborhood groups, private developers, and municipal authorities to produce artworks of wide-ranging media. UrbanArt is committed to bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in the creation and presentation of public art. Committee meetings, community presentations, and workshops are scheduled in conjunction with individual public art projects, and UrbanArt hosts programs led by recognized experts. Program areas encompass the following:
- Public art facilitation services and partnerships with the public and private sector
- Public Art Community Outreach Program
- Community engagement
- Services for artists and professional development opportunities
To learn more about the UrbanArt Commission, visit their website – http://www.urbanartcommission.org/.
To listen to the entire KWAM990 interview with Ed Wallis, click below.