Public Art Projects Funding
Percent for Art
As a primary vehicle for funding public art, the City of Allen should establish by ordinance that an amount up to or equivalent to two percent (2%) of the total amount of the General Obligation Bond funds for the Capital Improvement Program, minus land acquisition and environmental remediation costs, shall be allocated for the commissioning of public art. When the sale of GO bonds for CIP projects is taken to the voters, the Percent for Art shall be placed as a separate proposition on the ballot. Percent for Art funds can be used for public art projects at new or existing facilities, as well as other public spaces. As part of the CIP Planning Process in preparation for the GO bond election, a list of anticipated public art projects should be developed.
Other Project Funding Sources
Community Development Corporation funds may be used for public art related to park projects. Should the Public Art Committee wish to approach the CDC board to fund a public art project or projects related to parks, a proposal should first be made to the Parks Board. The Parks Board will then include the public art project or projects in their annual request to the CDC. When the City seeks grant funds for Capital Improvement Projects of $100,000 or more, the grant application should include an amount equal to 2% of construction costs, minus land acquisition and environmental remediation costs, for public art, when permissible. Grant funds should also be sought specifically for commissioning temporary and permanent public art. See Appendix B for a list of potential grant opportunities.
Gifts or Loans of Artwork
Private individuals, foundations, corporations or other organizations may wish to give or loan the City of Allen a work or works of art for public display. These gifts and loans can be a great way to enrich public spaces. However, it is important to consider carefully whether the gift or loan meets the mission and goals of the Public Art Program and ensure that the related costs and risks of the gift or loan are understood.