About the Harrington Art Partnership
HISTORY The idea of giving back to the City of Pleasanton began in the summer of 2005 while vacationing in Sedona, Arizona. While visiting the Proctor Gallery, Nancy and Gary saw "Poppies". Gary said "Wouldn't 'Poppies' be great in front of the Veteran's Memorial building in Pleasanton?" This was the beginning of the Harrington's new adventure of giving back to the city they love and providing public art.
After 9 months of committee meetings, the City Council approval was given. "Poppies" was purchased, delivered, and stored for 1½ years waiting for the renovation of the Veteran's building. In 2007, Veteran's Day, "Poppies" was presented to the Veterans and the City of Pleasanton.
The City then asked the Harrington's if they would like to help with the new arts center marquees. They agreed and after 3 more years and many meetings, the Firehouse Art Center's Grand Opening ceremonies occurred. It was at that time the "Firehouse Red and Blue" marquees, plus "Monet's Bench" were presented to the City.
Desiring a more formal strategy, the Harrington's developed a ten-year public art acquisition and installation plan, 2011 – 2012, with the assistance of Pleasanton City representatives and several artists. This multi-year proposal received approval by Pleasanton's City Council in December 2010. Soon after, the concept of Another H.A.P.P.Y., "Another Harrington Art Partnership Piece for You" was born.
PURPOSE Since purchasing art for the City of Pleasanton has brought such pride, enjoyment and excitement to our lives, we invite other individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations to join us in our effort. Such partnerships will:
• Include others in the pleasure of beautifying our community
• Allow the purchase of the art pieces sooner
• Build personal, family or corporate legacies
• Afford donor visibility
• Provide charitable tax deductions (to the extent allowed by law)
MISSION Expose children to a variety of public art enabling them to witness the ways in which artists use their creativity, senses, emotions, and materials to express themselves, and to elicit responses from those who view their work.