Clive’s Public Arts Advisory Commission (PAAC) is holding its second annual exhibition by which works of art are displayed along Clive’s Greenbelt Trail during the summer months, running from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The City has created six locations for pieces to be displayed and each artist who has their work selected to be a part of exhibit will receive a $1,000 stipend. In addition, at the end of each year’s exhibition the City will select one of the six pieces of art work to be purchased for the City’s public art collection and located in a permanent location somewhere in the City of Clive. In 2012, “Paths Unite” by James Anthony Bearden of Des Moines was chosen for purchase from the 2012 exhibit. The PAAC is issuing a Call to Artists, which is available on the City’s website here, that outlines the goals of the program, the application and selection process, and the schedule for the 2013 Art Along the Trail Program. The application deadline is Friday, January 4, 2012 at 5pm. The Clive Public Art Program was established by the City Council in December 2007. The Public Arts Advisory Commission was established at that time to oversee the operations of the public art program. As part of the City’s commitment to enhance the ‘Distinct by Nature’ character of Clive with the addition of art in public places, the City Council provides direct appropriation funding for public art. Since approval of the Master Plan, the City has awarded three commissions to artists to create artwork. The Art Along the Trail exhibition will continue the City’s efforts to promote aesthetic excellence and enhance the artistic vitality of Clive. If you have any questions on the application or the process please forward those to Assistant City Manager Matt McQuillen at email@example.com or (515)223-6220.