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ERIC Number: ED266057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Nebraska Interstate-80 Sculpture Project and the Hidden Arts Curriculum of Small Towns.
Vallance, Elizabeth
Ten American artists were commissioned in 1975 to produce sculptures as rest stops along the Nebraska stretch of Interstate-80 in celebration of the American Bicentennial. The ten commissioned sculptures were selected through a national juried competition that drew 121 initial entries at a cost of $500,000. Despite initial controversy centering chiefly on the abstract, non-representational nature of the sculpture designs, and the fact that none of the artists were Nebraskans, eventual acceptance in the various communities involved suggests a number of things about the elements of a "hidden curriculum" in these small Midwestern towns. Part of a three-year study of the role of the arts in smaller towns, the Nebraska project is described in seven sections. The first, "History of Nebraska I-80 Bicentennial Project," precedes background information on the study and a description of the project's logistics. Information on the sculpture titles, locations, and artists' homes is followed by short summaries of conversations with local residents--art instructors, chamber of commerce members, shop owners, gallary directors and others--recorded in notes and/or audiotapes in seven communities. Observations of the hidden arts curriculum and principles upon which a conceptual framework of the public arts curricula can be constructed are examined in the next section. Conclusions in the final section suggest reasons for the project's success and elements of a "hidden arts curriculum" in small Midwestern towns. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska