A new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial is coming to Avondale and the city wants your input | Visual Arts | Cincinnati

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The City of Cincinnati invites residents to share their thoughts on the design of a new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The memorial, which is expected to be completed in August 2023, will be located on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive East and Reading Road in Avondale. The completion date will coincide with the 60th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The city has set aside $1 million to create King’s memorial in 2021. According to the City of Cincinnati’s website, “The permanent outdoor public artwork will honor the life, teachings, aspirations and ‘civil rights icon legacy’.

In August 2021, the city issued a call for artists to submit their designs for the Avondale Memorial. From the initial pool of 28 artists who submitted their proposals, seven artists or groups were chosen as semi-finalists.

As the remaining seven artists put together their final designs for the memorial, the city is asking Cincinnati residents to complete a short online survey to help artists get a better idea of ​​what the public would like to see in King’s memorial. .

For example, the survey asks residents to think about the impact King had in the Cincinnati area and what other historical aspects of Avondale’s past should be reflected in the memorial. On a more practical level, the survey also asks residents what kind of amenities and features the memorial should have – such as benches, a gift shop or an amphitheater.

The survey is an important tool for artists, given that they must show how they “incorporated community feedback into their design proposal,” according to the City of Cincinnati’s website.

The seven semi-finalists will submit their final design proposals to the city in June 2022. The winning artist or group will be announced at some point during the summer of 2022.

Get more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial or take the survey at cincinnati-oh.gov.

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