About

Donate here to help fund the current 2017-2018 sculpture exhibition along the Thomas Edison Parkway.

Organizational history
In 2010, the new Port Huron city manager, Bruce Brown, invited a small group of art focused people to explore the possibility of bringing some outdoor public art to the city to expose the local population and tourists in Port Huron. Initially a volunteer committee was formed consisting of David Korff, an art educator, Mino Duffy, a local sculptor and Lee Jones, a local business owner of a design store. This early committee developed into the Port Huron Art Initiative with the addition of Patti Yunker, local art gallery and coffee shop owner. In early 2015, Nicole Hayden, local reporter from The Times Herald, joined to round out the committee. This committee of five has successfully raised private funds to sponsor three small exhibits of contemporary sculpture which were installed throughout the city in order to bring the art of the 21st century to this small community. Following the third exhibit, a group of five local women purchased one of the temporary sculptures as a gift to the city, making it a permanent piece. Following that purchase, the committee was able to raise a $10,000 matching grant from Acheson Ventures in order to purchase two more permanent sculptures for the city.

Current project
In September 2016 the committee was awarded $12,950 for an outdoor sculpture exhibit by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The committee must raise funds to match the grant in order to retain the funds. The funds will be used to host a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibit along the Thomas Edison Parkway. This time the exhibit will be condensed to the parkway with twice as many sculptures as before. The exhibit will be in place from spring 2017 to spring 2018. The exhibit will kick off with an education sculpture festival as well.

Artistic objectives: To provide public art, funded through private donations and state grants, to enhance the culture of Port Huron, spur community development and promote arts education

Our sculpture exhibits are co-curated by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative: Founded in 2004, The Midwest Sculpture Initiative was formed out of Ken Thompson’s personal desire for more outdoor sculpture opportunities and was a natural extension of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Galleries. Hence MSI’s mission is to: Provide outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout the Midwest, promote cooperation among art and civic organizations, advance the role that the visual arts play in the quality of life and increase economic development. In pursuing this goal, MSI has assembled 77 such exhibits thus far with more currently underway for the 2014-15 year. In organizing all of these exhibits MSI has collaborated with community members, committees, individual hosts, arts professionals and sculptors. MSI possesses a database of over 900 sculptors to solicit work from, a website for promotion of exhibitions, large inventory of ‘rentable’ concrete pads, the heavy equipment necessary for the placement of pads and artwork, and the expertise to complete the task on time and on budget.

*we are NOT a 501(c)3 non-profit, but are a sub-committee of the Port Huron Downtown Development Authority, which allows all donation to be tax deductible. Any donations should be earmarked for PHAI*
Current committee board:

Lee Jones
-Weekends in the City, boutique home goods store, owner
-Founding member of the Lexington Arts Council
-Created the Lexington Music in the Park free outdoor summer concert series
-Founding member and chairman of the Lexington Bach Festival, now in its 17th year
-Founding member and former chairman of the Blue Water Arts Council of the St. Clair      County Community Foundations, now the Blue Water Arts Committee of the St. Clair  County Community Foundation
-Committee member and sponsor for the Blue Water International Sculpture Exhibit, the  exhibit placed sculptures in communities throughout St. Clair County and Sarnia, Ontario
-Port Huron Art Initiative member
-Member of the advisory committee for the Blue Water Film Festival
-Board member of the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
-Board member of the Blue Water Area YMCA
David Korff
-Retired St. Clair County Community College art professor and visual and performing arts  chairman
-Board member of the St. Clair County Community College Foundation
-Board member of the Friends of the Arts Foundation at St. Clair County Community  College
-Committee member of the Anderson Fund at the Community Foundation of St. Clair  County
-Board member of the Port Huron of Arts and History
-Committee member of the Seeing Stars committee at McMorran Auditorium
-Port Huron Art Initiative member
Nicole Hayden
-Times Herald lead investigative reporter, former business and arts reporter
-Urban Planning graduate student at Wayne State University
-Community affiliations: Literacy and Beyond volunteer
-Port Huron Art Initiative member
Mino Duffy
-Sculptor, with a studio in Port Huron for the past 30 years
-Duffy has been commissioned for various sculptures around Port Huron, including a  realistic sculpture of a young Thomas Edison
-Past board member of the Port Huron Museum
-Past board member of the Marshal Fredericks Sculpture Museum Board in Saginaw
-Committee member of the MainStreet Port Huron Historical Committee
-Member of the Blue Water Arts Council
-Port Huron Art Initiative member
Patti Yunker
-Owner of the Gold Rodent Gallery in Port Huron
-Owner of the Exquisite Corpse Coffeehouse
-Port Huron Art Initiative member
-Pilot

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