Studio Place Arts (SPA) of Barre, an eclectic arts gallery and studio space, has won a 2014 Public Space Merit Award for their creation of a pocket park located between SPA and City Place. The pocket park is adorned with granite blocks woven together to resemble a zipper. A granite bench offers travelers a reprieve to admire the craftsmanship.
The Barre Partnership has also received recognition for their We Dig Barre campaign that was implemented during Barre’s “big dig” that took two years to complete. We Dig Barre was a public relations strategy focused on generating foot traffic into downtown businesses while Main Street was torn up and inaccessible to vehicle traffic. The Chair of the We Dig Barre campaign, Mary Jane Magnon, says the success of the campaign “was due to a lot of very talented people donating their time and energy” and thanked municipal, state and construction officials by saying, “because of their hard we ended up with a beautiful new downtown.”
Joshua Jerome, Executive Director of The Barre Partnership says “this is a wonderful accomplishment for Studio Place Arts as they have been instrumental in creating a thriving arts community here in Barre.” And for The Barre Partnership, Jerome says “the Partnership’s members were key supporters of the We Dig Barre campaign which relied on retailers working together in promotional activities and without their support and cooperation, We Dig Barre would not have been so successful.”
Awards will be presented by Governor Peter Shumlin at the Statehouse on March 19th at 3:00pm in the Cedar Creek Room.