In the early 1970’s, several cities adopted”one-percent-for-the-arts” policies. One percent of public capital spending had to be spent for art that enriched public spaces. Today more than 100 communities have adopted such provisions. Some- like Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, San Francisco and San Jose – have increased the requirements to 1.5 or 2%.
The Houston/Harris County Cultural Arts Council has compiled a comparison of programs.
Tampa, Florida has gone beyond public spending to require that both city government and private developers of commercial properties allocate funds for art in public places. Developers must invest 1% of the project budget in art or contribute to a city art fund (maximum of $200,000 per project). The code also creates a public arts committee.… Read More