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File #: 60368    Version: Name: Art In Public Places Looks Forward
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/28/2020 In control: Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Enactment date: 5/27/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00391
Title: Directing $80,000 of the Municipal Art Fund towards Art in Public Places projects.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Sheri Carter, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael E. Verveer, Syed Abbas
Attachments: 1. 60368 Amendment D 5.pdf
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes changes to the approval process for distributing funds for Art in Public Places and authorizes up to $80,000 in the capital Municipal Art Fund to be directed towards Art in Public Places. The Planning Division’s Municipal Art Fund capital program has approximately $427,000 of available budget authority. No additional City appropriation is required for the proposed resolution.
Title
Directing $80,000 of the Municipal Art Fund towards Art in Public Places projects.
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WHEREAS,, the COVID19 pandemic has caused sudden and overwhelming losses of income for cultural sector workers and a steep decline in revenue opportunities for the sector as a whole; and,

WHEREAS, during this time of a global public health emergency, the importance of arts and culture to our mental health and well-being has become even more apparent; and,

WHEREAS, timely support could also help prevent irreparable economic and social damage enabling this fragile sector's ability to continue to provide cultural enhancements to our community's health as we collectively recover from this crisis; and,

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has disrupted the process and timeline for multiple public art projects, necessitating postponing; and,

WHEREAS, temporary and permanent public art funds are already included in the 2020 budget; and,

WHEREAS, Art In Public Places funds could be used to commission artists who have been impacted by loss of income due to COVID-19 and to create projects designed to promote positivity in neighborhoods; and,

WHEREAS, due to the pandemic, City of Madison boards, commissions and committees, including the Madison Arts Commission, are not meeting on their regular schedules,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that until the Madison Arts commission can resume meeting, staff will implement the following changes to the approval process for spending Art in Public Places funding:

· The Arts Program Administrator will issue a call for artists who have l...

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