Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By Mark Wineka
Salisbury’s Public Art Committee has received donations totaling more than $24,000 from individuals and organizations.
In addition, the Community Appearance Commission, Tree Board and Public Art Committee report the city has received a $7,540 grant from the N.C. Division of Forest Resources’ Urban and Community Forestry Grant program.
The grant will be used for tree plantings connected to the “Salisbury Cotton Mill” pocket park proposed for South Church and West Fisher streets.
Urban Design Planner Lynn Raker told the Salisbury City Council this week that the Salisbury Community Foundation has contributed $10,000 toward plans for an annual sculpture show.
The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation has contributed $6,000 to the Public Art Committee for additional History & Art Trail markers in the downtown.
Other monetary donations received include:
– $5,000 from the Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation for the Salisbury Cotton Mill project.
– $2,100 from the Traveler’s Club for a Traveler’s Club marker.
– $1,000 from Mary Berrier of the Buttercup Cafe in Denton for public art projects.
– $100 from Jack and Maria Thomson toward the recent Wiley Lash marker dedication and brunch.
“It’s a wonderful enhancement to the city,” Mayor Susan Kluttz said of the committee’s work.
Donations to the Public Art Committee are tax deductible. For more information, contact Raker at 704-638-5235.