Knox Mayor Indya Kincannon responds to ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art proposal
Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon is speaking out after local art organizers were recently denied a permit to create a ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art project.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon is speaking out after local art organizers were recently denied a permit to create a ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art project.
“I support Black Lives Matter, and I also support public art. I have seen similar projects in other cities that could work in Knoxville too. We have a process in place for painting City streets, and numerous City leaders worked hard to accommodate this event. Although we all tried our best, the minimum requirements have not yet been met and we were not able to issue a permit.”
Kincannon said the ‘bare minimum’ is getting the community’s support for a project like this. The organizers would be required to get a support petition signed by at least 80 percent of the residents who live or own businesses within two standard city blocks of the proposed project, according to the Decorative Painting of Streets Policy.
“Community buy-in is a critical element of public art projects. The Black Lives Matter street painting in Chattanooga was approved by Public Art Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Department of Transportation and the Chattanooga Public Art Commission. It only took 13 days,” said Public Arts Committee Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker.
The City of Knoxville reportedly received petitions signed by residents who are both for and against the proposed ‘Black Lives Matter’ project. The city says some people are okay with the proposed project, but want the street art on a different city street than the one proposed.
“I hope we can work together to make this project happen, and when we do, I’ll gladly bring a paint brush and join the effort,” said Kincannon.
The City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee meets Tuesday July 7.
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