Public art thrives in Seattle, thanks to funding set-aside program
Seattle was one of the first cities in the U.S. to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance in 1973. For over 40 years, the city’s public art program has integrated artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings. The project has advanced the city’s reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity.
The program specifies that 1 percent of eligible city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase and installation of artworks in a variety of settings.
The initiative gives individuals and groups a chance to encounter art in parks, libraries, community centers, on roadways, bridges and other public venues. The effort simultaneously enriches citizens’ daily lives and give voice to artists.
The collection includes more than 380 permanently sited and integrated works and 2,800 portable works.
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