Selection Committee chosen for Purple Line Art in Transit program

Purple Line rendering by BeyondDC via Flickr.

A Selection Committee for the Purple Line Art in Transit program has been formed to pick the winning proposals for the 10 Purple Line stations in Montgomery County.

The committee includes representatives from the Maryland Transit Administration, Purple Line Transit Constructors, the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council and community representatives. (Disclosure: the writer is one of those community representatives.)

A similar committee has been named for the stations in Prince George’s County.

MTA put out a national call for artists for the project in September 2014. More than 700 artists responded from around the country, including places such as Los Angeles, Minnesota and New York, as well as local artists from Takoma Park, Langley Park and Washington, D.C.

The committee narrowed the selection down to 95 potential participants; some later withdrew from consideration.

More than 85 artists were assigned stations along the route; three or four artists were assigned one of the stations to consider.

In December, the artists were invited to a public meeting with residents, who were asked to come and meet the artists, as well as share with them what they considered to be special about the communities surrounding each station.

Eighty-two artists submitted proposals, which are now being reviewed internally by the PLTC to ensure the submissions are compliant with the Request for Proposal’s requirements. The proposals will be posted on the web and shared with the Selection Committee for preliminary review.

In addition, a community meeting is scheduled for April 24, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Montgomery Blair High School Cafeteria. Community members are invited to take a look at the artists’ submissions and provide feedback. The PLTC will share that feedback with the Selection Committee for review prior to the final selection meeting, which is expected in mid to late May.

The stations in the Silver Spring/Takoma Park area are Lyttonsville, Woodside/16th Street, Silver Spring Transit Center, Silver Spring Library, Dale Drive, Manchester Place, Long Branch and Piney Branch Road.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Selection Committee chosen for Purple Line Art in Transit program