The idea of developing a public art program for the city of Allen began in 2004 with the Allen Arts Alliance, which at the time was a City Council appointed board. The Allen Arts Alliance mission is to promote, nurture and celebrate the arts, proposed to the City of Allen that it commission a public art master plan. The Arts Alliance allocated funding toward the creation of Allen’s first Public Art Master Plan, which along with the public art ordinance, was approved by the Allen City Council in August 2005.
This plan would investigate developing a public art program to oversee the commissioning of artwork to enhance Allen’s public places and infuse culture and beauty into the everyday life of Allen’s residents and visitors.
The public art ordinance called for the creation of a Public Art Committee, which was appointed by the Allen City Council in May 2006.
In May 2007, the residents of Allen approved a proposition allocating up to 2% of the entire bond proposal to the funding of public art projects. Following the results of a successful election, the Public Art program was funded for just under $1.2 million for future public art projects.
The mission of the City of Allen’s Public Art Program is to articulate the values and vision of the community by enhancing the aesthetics of our City’s civic infrastructure, commissioning sitespecific artwork, and creating hands-on encounters with art. Public art projects will be accomplished through public-private partnerships and by encouraging public art in private development.
• Foster a sense of community pride.
• Develop geographic and social connections.
• Promote tourism and economic vitality.
• Enhance existing and future City facilities.