“We’ve made so much progress, and to stop right now just really seems wasteful,” Owens said.
Jonathan Waddell and other council members grilled Owens Tuesday for an accounting of her funding. She raised more than $250,000 for the project herself. The city chipped in 10% for the project with money that’s budgeted for public art.
“It is true that it was crowdfunded in order to be able to fund it, but it went from a project that was supposed to be $60,000. Now we’re creeping to almost $300,000.”
Supporters of the project from all over the state showed up for their two minutes at the podium. Waddell was the only no vote, giving this artist the green light to bring her dream to fruition.
“It says that I have an amazing community that was there and rallied for it. And it’s not me, it’s the number of advocates for art in Oklahoma statewide.”
Owens told News 4 she’ll be back on site working Wednesday morning.