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Raleigh rallies behind public art

Another city in North Carolina approves stable funding formula for art in buildings, parks and public spaces.

A Raleigh, NC, public art project, onsite at a middle school.by David Bracken, The News & Observer

February 18, 2009 — The Raleigh City Council voted Tuesday to dedicate a constant stream of taxpayer money for the creation and development of public art for city buildings, parks and other public spaces.

City projects planned for after April 1 will be eligible to have 0.5 percent of their total construction cost go toward public art. Eligible projects will be selected by City Manager Russell Allen and submitted to the Raleigh Arts Commission. The commission will determine whether a public art component is appropriate for the project, as well as the type of art and how the artist is chosen.

The vote Tuesday was a victory for local art supporters who have lobbied for years for Raleigh to make public art a priority. Asheville, Chapel Hill and Charlotte have similar ordinances that dedicate 1 percent of the budget for eligible capital projects to public art. . .

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  A 0.5% tip for public art, by David Bracken, The News & Observer, February 18, 2009

Posted: February 25, 2009

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