|Traffic Signal Box by Will Yee at 16 Ave and Centre A St NE|
So what are the changes?
One of the most significant changes is to funds allocated to public art from eligible capital projects. Previously, 1 per cent of project costs were allocated to public art. Under the new policy, 1 per cent of the first $50 million and 0.5 per cent of the portion over $50 million will be allocated to public art, up to a maximum of $4 million per project. This change takes effect for capital infrastructure project charters approved after May 26, 2014.
Additionally, funding from private citizens can now be pooled together, allowing for iconic and monumental works of public art to be placed in key locations.
Charged Line by Jill Anholt in Altadore
Public and local artist participation
The size of the selection panel that chooses artists and approves concepts for public art is growing. Two new community members will join, bringing the panel up to seven in total. A new panel is selected for each public art project, and is comprised of three art and design professionals, one City employee from the commissioning business unit, and now three community representatives.
Artists will be required to engage the public before developing their final concept and design. The new process will also increase opportunities for local artist development and involvement.
“Supporting local artists to compete for public art projects on a local, national and international level continues to be an important component of our program,” says Rachael Seupersad, Superintendent, Public Art Program. “The recent program changes have prompted us to further promote our current Public Art 101 offerings, increase the number of mentorship opportunities, plus add courses that will train artists specifically on responding to Request for Proposals for major projects.”
Heritage protection and functional art
In certain situations, a portion of public art funding can now be used to restore heritage assets impacted by a capital project. Also, the definition of public art will now include functional art pieces that serve a purpose, like a bench, bike rack, gateway or windscreen.
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.
|Water Fountain by Sans Façon at various locations|
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Submitted by Jennifer Storm, Recreation, Arts and Culture