TO:††††††††††††††††† Mayor and Town Council
FROM:††††††††††† W. Calvin Horton, Town Manager
SUBJECT:††††† Recommended 2005-06 Public Art Plan
DATE:†††††††††††† May 23, 2005
The following resolution would adopt the 2005-06 Public Art Plan, providing one percent of all eligible capital projects for public art, pursuant to the Percent for Art Program adopted by the Town Council on March 4, 2002.
The Percent for Art program was adopted to:
The Percent for Art Program calls for the Public Arts Commission (CHPAC) and the Town Manager to review the Capital Improvements Program and make recommendations to the Town Council regarding public art.† The recommendations include which capital projects should dedicate one percent of their budget to public art, which projects would have artwork on-site and which projects should contribute one percent of their budget to a pool of funds to be used to commission, buy, maintain or conserve public artwork elsewhere. The Commission may recommend pooling funds if one percent of a project budget does not provide enough funds to commission or purchase a piece, or if the capital project in question does not provide a suitable location for public art.
The source of funds is relevant when considering whether a percent should go to public art.† Some grants are specific about what types of expenses are eligible for grant funding.† The wording of some bond referendum ballots does not allow use of bond proceeds for public art.† Some installment purchase contracts do not allow the borrowed funds to be used for art, particularly off-site pieces.† However, the Town Council has greater leeway in spending general revenues and when it explores the use of borrowed funds for public art before the terms of the borrowing have been finalized.
The first Percent for Art Work Plan Program was adopted on June 24, 2002.
We believe that the intent of the recommendations of the Public Arts Commission are reasonable and workable.
Section 3, of the March 4, 2002 ordinance that the Council adopted to define Percent for Public Art and the General Policies of the Program includes the following:
One percent of the annual Capital Improvements Program shall be considered by the Council for reservation for public art. However, the base from which the one percent is calculated shall exclude grant funds for which the Town provides a local match, bond funds which do not allow such a use, and any other funds whose source would prevent their use for public art.
a. The project budget shall include all costs funded by the Town for designing, building, and equipping the facility, including site work but excluding the acquisition of land.
b. The public art budget shall include all costs of artist selection; artist fee, fabrication, installation, including special plumbing, wiring, or lighting; publicity; celebration; and any other cost related to the public art project.
Several of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 Capital Improvement Program projects approved by the Town Council as Percent for Art projects have not as yet begun.† The Public Arts Commission requests that these projects continue to be eligible for Percent for Art funding during FY 2005-06.† We agree that this is consistent with the intent of the Percent for Art Program. These projects include:
In addition to previously approved Percent for Art projects, the Public Arts Commission recommends that the following projects also be approved as appropriate for Percent for Art funds:
We believe it would be appropriate to designate one percent for art of funds the Council appropriates for any of these projects. However, we do not believe the Percent for Art can be designated until the funding has actually been appropriated and, therefore, is available to be expended. This means that funding for several of the projects identified above will come in phases, consistent with the projectsí funding. In addition, we note that some of the funding for Bolin Creek Trail is from the 2001 Orange County bond referendum. Any Percent for Art funding related to the Countyís contribution for the expansion of Bolin Creek Trail will come from County funds.
Public Arts Commissionís Recommendation: The CHPAC met on May 11, 2005 and unanimously approved and voted to recommend that the Town Council adopt the above Annual Public Art Plan for FY 2005-06.
Managerís Recommendation:† That the Council adopt the following resolution that would authorize the implementation of the Public Art Plan for 2005-06.
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING A PUBLIC ART PLAN FOR 2005-06 (2005-05-23/R-8)
WHEREAS, the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill adopted a Percent for Art Program on March 4, 2002; and
WHEREAS, this program includes an annual consideration by the Town Council of a Public Art Plan to be recommended by the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission; and
WHEREAS, the Public Arts Commission has recommended such a program, including several projects which should include one percent of the project budget for public art; all eligible Capital Improvement Program projects which should allocate one percent of their proposed budget to create a Percent for Art Fund defined as pooled funds for public art commission, acquisition, maintenance and/or conservation; and several previously identified projects and approved pooled funds to this new Percent for Art fund;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Town Manager in conjunction with the Public Arts Commission is authorized to implement the following Public Art Plan:
Previously identified and approved Percent for Art projects which have not yet commenced, including:
In addition to previously approved Percent for Art projects, include the following projects also be approved as appropriate for percent for art funds:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the program will be implemented according to the guidelines adopted in Resolution 2002-03-04/R-8, and only to the extent that funding is appropriated for the capital projects, and that the source of funding allows expenditures for public art.
This is the 23rd day of May 2005.
A RESOLUTION DEFINING A PERCENT FOR PUBLIC ART PROGRAM AND THE GENERAL POLICIES OF THE PROGRAM (2002-03-04/R-8)
WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan of the Town of Chapel Hill includes public art as part of the section on Community Character; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council has included a Percent for Public Art Program in the short-term implementation measures adopted on July 5, 2000; and
WHEREAS, the Public Arts Commission and its subgroups have been working with the Town staff to develop policies and procedures for a Percent for Public Art Program;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council hereby establishes a Percent for Public Art Program:
To help define the communityís identity and sense of place,
To promote social interaction and discourse,
To bring the arts into everyday life and
To memorialize the past while expressing shared values for the future.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the program shall be guided by the following policies:
1.†† Program Objective: To provide art accessible to the public and to the users of Town buildings and parks, for the improvement of the quality of life in Chapel Hill, and more specifically to:
Help define the communityís identity and sense of place,
Promote social interaction and discourse,
Bring the arts into everyday life, and
Memorialize the past while expressing shared values for the future.
2.†† Annual Public Art Plan: The Town Council shall meet at least annually to consider a Public Art Plan recommended by the Public Arts Commission. The recommended Public Art Plan shall include:
a†††††† Those capital projects which should include 1% of their project budgets for public art
b.††††† The distinction between those capital projects which should include public art on-site and which should contribute 1% of their budget to a pool of funds reserved for public art commission, acquisition, maintenance and conservation
c.††††† General location(s) for the art not recommended for the site of a capital project.
d.††††† The Town Council shall decide on which capital budgets shall include 1% for art and the general site(s) of the art, and shall appropriate funds. This set of decisions shall be known as the Public Art Plan for the given year.
3.†† Budget: 1% of the annual Capital Improvements Program shall be considered by the Council for reservation for public art. However, the base from which the 1% is calculated shall exclude grant funds for which the Town provides a local match, bond funds which do not allow such a use, and any other funds whose source would prevent their use for public art.
a.†† The project budget shall include all costs funded by the Town for designing, building and equipping the facility, including site work but excluding the acquisition of land.
b. †† The public art budget shall include all costs of artist selection; artist fee; fabrication; installation, including special plumbing, wiring or lighting; publicity; celebration; and any other cost related to the public art project.
5. Selection of Artists and Art:
a.†† The Public Arts Commission shall establish a process with written guidelines, available to the public, for the selection of artists and the review of the art proposed for acquisition. The process shall be open to the public and shall encourage participation by as wide a variety of citizens as possible.
6. Execution of Artistís Commission:
a. The artistís contract shall define a process for his/her design development.
b. The artistís contract shall define the review points during the design development
c. The artist shall be involved with the design development of the capital project if relevant and if the artist is chosen in time.
d. The process shall include a means of involving the public, including a public forum to consider the design concept.
e. It is possible that, after the Public Art Commission or its committee, Town staff and the public review the artistís design concept, the artist will be asked to modify the design concept before being authorized to begin fabrication.
7. Acceptance of Art: The Town Manager shall accept the artwork before the final payment is made to the artist.
8. Accounting: Funds appropriated for public art shall be placed in a project budget or multi-year account(s) specified for this purpose. Grants, gifts and other revenue the Town may receive for the selection, establishment, maintenance and deaccessioning of public art shall also be placed in this multi-year fund.
This the 4th day of March, 2002.