Raleigh Arts is working on the city’s first-ever public art plan, which will provide new direction on how public art is created for public and private places throughout the city. Through this process, Raleigh Arts will be looking at how to maximize the use of public and private public art resources in a way that reflects the evolving use of public space in the city; taps broadly into the city’s creative resources; embraces the diversity of the city’s communities, histories and cultures; and supports the city’s arts ecosystem. The lead consultant is Todd W. Bressi with Via Partnership LLC.
Although the Public Art Program is young, it is clear from the Raleigh Arts Plan feedback and community survey results that public art is a priority for residents and visitors. This public art plan process will provide recommendations on how to best utilize public art resources and propose opportunities that are best positioned to serve the community. Subscribe to the Arts Flash Newsletter for updates and opportunities to participate in surveys and public meetings.
In 2009, the City Council passed an ordinance setting aside one-half of 1 percent of municipal construction funds for public art. In 2016, the Percent for Art allocation was increased to 1 percent. The Office of Raleigh Arts developed the Public Art Program and appointed a seven-member Public Art and Design Board to oversee the implementation of these projects.
In 2016, City Council adopted the Raleigh Arts Plan, a ten-year plan to strengthen arts and culture for all of the City’s many communities, residents, and visitors. The Plan recommended several overarching directions for public art, including integrating public art into daily life, expanding the program to new areas of the city, and strengthening the network of artists and organizations that create public art.
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Lead Consultant: Todd W. Bressi, Subconsultant: Via Partnership