Again, thanks to Fan of the Fan and Art 180 for keep us all informed on this disappointing situation. I am beside myself in the way this was handled – the city looks horrible and stumbled all weekend. I understand that the law is the law – but I hope a letter of apology is issued and the city works with Art 180 to proudly display this project somewhere great in the city. They owe that to the children and all the people that went through the permit process.
If you can, please join Art 180 at the art walk residents have organized to demonstrate the community’s support for the work of our young people, our artists, and their creative self-expression. It’s tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7pm, starting at the Lee Monument (Allen). http://www.facebook.com/events/145771925548701/
Here is the letter sent by Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall:
“The city of Richmond supports the arts community and continues to have a good working relationship with Art 180. We recognize the honorable work being done through Art 180 to serve children in the city of Richmond and acknowledge that this work is important to the social fabric of our communities.
“It is unfortunate that an erroneous permit was issued for the display in question. I’ve met with city attorneys today as well as agency officials to review this matter. It is clear that a mistake was made and it is now incumbent upon us to uphold the law.
“The Work in Streets Permit (WISP) was issued in violation of Richmond Code Section 38-113, which details unlawful signage in City medians. A review of the ordinances by which the city issues permits is underway to ensure that city employees have a clear understanding of the parameters involving the city/s right of way management.
“The city will work with Art 180 to assist with potentially putting the display on exhibit in a city park for an extended period.”