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Madison County Economic Development is excited to announce their Manufacturing Art Park Public Art Program! This innovative program seeks to build community, celebrate heritage, recognize the arts, and encourage balanced living. This program is thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of WNC. We are excited to get started on this program as a way to connect the diverse populations of makers in our community...but we do not yet know what the artists will come up with! Artists and collaborations from anyone anywhere are encouraged to submit proposals. Each of the pieces will be installed along the scenic growing greenway in Mars Hill, NC. There will be a sculpture unveiling event each year to celebrate our new public art addition. 

This year's proposals are due October 23rd, 2017.

2017 Call for Artists

We feel that makers and manufacturers are both important members of the community and should be celebrated as such- this program seeks to showcase both of these powerful economic development drivers. 

Each year we will select a Madison County manufacturing industry (either current or historical) and artists will be challenged to create a piece that does one of 3 things:

  • Is inspired by the product the industry creates
  • Is inspired by the people who create the product
  • Is created out of recycled materials from the industry (when applicable)

2017's industry is Advanced Superabrasives. They are known as the industry standard for diamond cutting wheels and dressing sticks. They've even designed products that have been to Mars! For more information about ASI check out their website at

We look forward to seeing what your ideas are- please don't hesitate to contact Sara Nichols at for more information. 

Click here to download and get involved with the 2017 Call for Artists. 

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