How does the city pay for public art?
The City of Scottsdale pays Scottsdale Arts to manage and administer the public art program, including special events such as Canal Convergence, and to conserve and maintain existing public art.
Scottsdale sets aside 1% of the approved budget of each publicly visible capital improvement project for new permanent public art.
Some private development projects are required to make a 1% contribution for public art. For more information, please visit here.
Note: Scottsdale Public Art also receives some earned and contributed revenues from private sources.
What city ordinances provide the fund allocation for the public art program?
Ordinance 1836, passed in 1985, established policy on the use of 1% of public (city) building funds for public art. The Art in Public Places policy has been amended multiple times over the years with the most recent changes occurring in 2008 (Ordinance 3781) to offer clarity and further define language for different aspects of the program.
Ordinance 2018, passed in 1988, established the Cultural Improvements Program (also known as the Art in Private Development Program) for downtown Scottsdale, designating that developers allocate 1% of their building valuation for new permanent public art on their property or into a cultural trust fund for use toward public art elsewhere in the city.
Does the city have a dedicated tax for public art?
What was the first public art piece commissioned by Scottsdale?
Scottsdale’s first commissioned public sculpture was finished in 1973. Louise Nevelson’s sculpture Atmospheres and Environments XIII (more commonly known as Windows to the West) was completed with a combination of city funds, citizen donations, and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Windows to the West is located at the Gateway Plaza of the new Civic Center, near the AZ88 restaurant.
The first public art commissioned after the implementation of the 1985 percent for art ordinance was Mustang Wall, by Ken Williams, in Mustang Library. It was completed in 1989.
What websites can I access for more information on Scottsdale Public Art?
For information about various aspects of the public art program, click on the menu at the upper-right-hand corner of this website.
For information on Canal Convergence, visit CanalConvergence.com.
For information about the city’s permanent collection, visit ScottsdalePublicArt.org/permanent-art/.
For public art and exhibition opportunities, visit https://scottsdalepublicart.org/opportunities/.
For additional resources, visit https://scottsdalepublicart.org/resources/.