City of Calgary announces New Public Art Policy, July 2014
New Public Art Policy increases public participation and adjusts funding model
Public art plays an important role in our communities and The City of Calgary’s Public Art Policy helps to encourage a diversity of approaches and opportunities. Just as art is evolving, the policy and program needs to as well. Upcoming changes will increase public participation, continue to foster local artist involvement, encourage functional art and adjust the funding model.
The City will lobby provincial and federal governments to lift current restrictions on where public art dollars can be spent. The goal is to allow for public art dollars to be pooled and shared – ultimately enabling public art to be created in locations that make the most impact and can be shared by more Calgarians.
By June 2015, The City will develop a Public Art Master Plan, tracking the changes and identifying whether further policy adjustments are required. A public art pilot project that asks for extensive citizen input on the artwork itself will also be completed within this timeframe.Calgarians are proud of their public art collection. The Public Art Program continues to engage a variety of local, national and international artists, and build capacity for public education opportunities. It’s our role to help uphold the principles of artistic freedom and expression, and emphasize the importance of art and the role of the artist in society.
For more information on Calgary’s Public Art Program, Policy and to view past and upcoming projects, visit Calgary.ca/PublicArt, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @PublicArtYYC.
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