ABOUT CIVIC ART
In December 2004, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the County's first Civic Art Policy which allocates one percent of design and construction costs on new County capital projects to a Civic Art Special Fund. Civic art dollars are flexible and, in most cases, may be pooled. The policy is structured to allow for integrated permanent public art enhancements, temporary art commissions, restoration of historic artworks, and the creation of cultural spaces or activities.
Civic Art provides leadership in the development of high quality civic spaces by integrating artists into the planning and design process at the earliest possible opportunity; encouraging innovative approaches to civic art; and providing access to artistic experiences of the highest caliber for the residents of Los Angeles County.
Since establishing its first budget in mid-2006, the Civic Art Program has commissioned over 50 artists to create artwork for public libraries, parks, pool houses, community centers, sheriff stations, prisons, and health centers. It has also undertaken a comprehensive inventory of County-owned public art, hired art conservators to examine artworks, and initiated restoration activities.
Civic Art follows these guiding principles: 1) to achieve high quality artwork and art experiences, 2) to be innovative, 3) to facilitate art that is site-specific, 4) to encourage community participation and civic engagement, and 5) to transform people, places and communities.
Typically, artists are commissioned from a Resource List of Pre-Qualified Artists compiled every two years after an open call. Open and invitational RFQs are also used depending on project needs, scope and timeline. Artists are encouraged to join the public art opportunities email list at www.lacountyarts.org. Click on “Artist Opportunities” under “Civic Art.”
The Civic Art Program is staffed by a director, an art collection manager and project managers. For more information contact: Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Civic Art Program, 1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90017, (213) 202-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The County’s Civic Art Policy allocates 1% of the design and construction costs of County capital projects for civic art. Artworks are integrated into libraries, fire stations, health clinics, courthouses and numerous other County facilities. View our Active Projects to see projects currently underway. Completed projects can be found in the County Collection.
In addition to adding permanent visual artworks to County facilities, civic art funds can also be used for temporary works of art, workshops, art events, conservation and education. Capital projects which are exempt from the policy include projects which cost less than $500,000; streets; underground projects; flood control channels; and airport runways.
The Civic Art Program is identifying and documenting all historic and contemporary County-owned public art for the first time. Visit the County Collection to see the wide array of artworks throughout the county or download a copy of the 2009 Los Angeles County's Civic Art Collection Report.
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