CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city is working on an artistic endeavor, examining the possibility of creating a range of public art displays in downtown, public spaces, streetscapes, parks, neighborhoods and private developments.

City spokeswoman Kelli Crawford-Smith said the idea for a Public Art Master Plan was pursued after members of the community development department visited a public art session at the American Planning Association’s statewide conference in Athens, Ohio.

The city earlier this year hired consultant Todd W. Bressi to develop the master plan for his “strong history of doing public art design across the country,” she said. He is being paid $50,000 through a Community Development Block Grant.

The master plan will provide “a long-term road map” for placing public art in the city, form procedures to administer a public art program, and encourage the placement of art in downtown and other city locations, according to a city news release.

For the last few months, Bressi has gathered public input to learn what types of artwork community members would like to see displayed, where they wish to see those works exhibited, and how they would like to see the city represented in works of art. Crawford-Smith said Bressi has collected feedback through community meetings, site visits, tours and stakeholder meetings to try to get “a really good grasp of what people want.”

“He’s really dug into our community to find out who we are, what we’re all about, what we want to see moving forward and what defines Cuyahoga Falls from an art standpoint,” said Crawford-Smith.

Community members were also able to fill out a survey either online or on paper.

An open house took place April 23 in the Falls River Square pavilion.

“The meeting was well attended with a steady stream of participants that represented a wide array of demographics in our community,” said Crawford-Smith. “Between the survey and these public meetings, we’re really trying to garner input from everybody so that we can get the best idea of what the community as a whole wants to see.”

A 24-member advisory committee consisting of local artists, business representatives, residents, and city representatives formed earlier this year is helping gather community input, along with assisting the community development department and Bressi with the process.

“Many [of the committee members] will likely serve on an Arts Council to help implement the master plan,” Crawford-Smith said.

Once Bressi has finished his work, he will release the findings and recommendations in his plan at a public meeting and in a City Council meeting. Crawford-Smith said that a draft will be finished by June and the final plan will be wrapped up in August.

While noting the city has not earmarked any more money for this effort, Crawford-Smith said Bressi’s report will “provide proposed guidance on funding,” and offer a “road map” on how to procure public art and assimilate it into areas of the city.

She added the city’s goal is “to utilize our local art community as much as possible.”