File #: 23-1588    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Information/Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/8/2023 In control: Arts & Culture Commission
On agenda: 11/13/2023 Final action:
Title: Discuss Public Art Planning Process.
Attachments: 1. public art program elements, 2. forecast triggers for public art
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Arts and Culture Commission Meeting Date:                     November 13th, 2023


To:                                          Commission Members


From:                                          Natalie Draper, Library Director



Discuss Public Art Planning Process.



Action Requested:

Discussion/Information Only.


Summary Report:

An ACC subcommittee met last week to discuss timeline, necessary components of the Public Art Plan, and how survey feedback should be incorporated into the plan.

Members of the subcommittee are: George Brophy, Paula Granquist, Martha Anderson, and Cecilia Barojas Velasquez.

Suggested components/goals of the plan are as follows:

                     Summary and introduction incorporating community input

o                     “why art in public matters”

o                     Defining what the role of public art should be

                     Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

                     Raising awareness/ Educating the public

o                     Artwork Archive

o                     Public events and dedications

                     Support for community- and artist-initiated art and placemaking


o                      Building regional, national recognition

                     Increasing capacity

o                     grants

o                     staff

o                     developer contributions and art in city planning

o                     partners?

                     Supporting policies

o                     gifts

o                     deaccession

                     Identifying priorities

o                     Locations

o                     Upcoming city projects generating % funds

o                     Art forms (see attached chart)


o                     Cost, recommendations, and considerations

                     ACC public art work plan


Remaining tasks/items for discussion:

1.                     What is missing from the list of components to the plan?

2.                     Identifying opportunities for public art:

a.                     Can each commissioner commit to taking photos of 1-3 public locations, spaces, parks, buildings, sites, etc. that are opportunities for activation with public art/placemaking?

b.                     With each location, identify 1-3 attributes that make it an opportunity. What is the significance to you of the site?



For more information on percent for arts programs this is a helpful and brief overview: <> and on incorporating art into city planning: <>

Forecast’s public art master plan for Fargo has relevant examples of policies and program precedents: <>

Look at how they identified themes and mapping opportunities/districts, pages 28-43.

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