In 2007, as the Regional Arts Council, Arts Central was instrumental in sheparding a 1% For Art ordinance through the City of Bend. Arts Central serves as a public art adviser to several Central Oregon communities including Sisters and Redmond.
How it Works
For the original Ordinance from the City of Bend CLICK HERE
On June 6, 2007 The City of Bend enacted ORDINANCE NO. NS-2051 an ordinance dedicating one-percent of construction or alteration on municipal buildings for the aquisition of art.
It is the purpose of this Chapter and the policy of the City of Bend to dedicate onepercent of the total Eligible Costs or one-percent of the total Eligible Funds of all Improvement Projects (whichever is less) to the selection, acquisition, fabrication, installation, maintenance, project management, conservation, deaccessioning, community education, documentation and registration of Public Art.
Public Art Trust Fund
The Regional Arts Council, under contract with the City, shall maintain a special fund called the Public Art Trust Fund into which funds dedicated to Public Art pursuant to Section 5.560 shall be deposited.
For more information on the 1% for Art program please contact Cate O’Hagan, Executive Director of Arts Central at 541-749-2291.
The History of How Oregon Realizes its Commitment to Art in Public Spaces
To view the full document from the Oregon Arts Commission CLICK HERE
Living up to its pioneering reputation, Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass
Percent for Art legislation. Enacted in 1975, the state statute guides the acquisition of Oregon’s State Art Collection, which includes more than 2,500 original art works. From Astoria to Agness, Baker City to Milton-Freewater, Bend to Klamath Falls, state buildings and public spaces host permanent reminders of the breadth, variety and aesthetics of our history, environment, people, and changing concerns.
How the Percent for Art Program Developed
The Percent for Art statute (ors 276.075) sets aside “not less than 1% of the direct construction funds of new or remodeled state buildings with construction budgets of $100,000 or greater for the acquisition of art work which may be an integral part of the building, attached thereto, or capable of display in other State Buildings.”Since its inception, the Percent for Art program has
- A commitment to the placement of permanent art of the highest possible quality in public places where it is accessible to the broad public;
- A commitment to the successful integration of artist, the public and architects working together as a team; and
- A commitment to helping artists attain public recognition and visibility through Percent for Art opportunities.
The Percent for Art Program remains dedicated to the enhancement of the public environment and improvement of the character and quality of state buildings in order to create an accessible, publicly owned legacy that is uplifting, enduring and available to all.