35. M. Murphy/C. Nuon – Req. Mgr. explore a Percent for the Arts policy and other ways to encourage public art throughout the city
I asked the Mayor last Friday what exactly this motion was, but he hasn’t had the time or want to respond. I looked this up on Google and found that Seattle had the following ordinance:
SMC 20.32.010 Purpose
The City accepts a responsibility for expanding public experience with visual art. Such art has enabled people in all societies better to understand their communities and individual lives. Artists capable of creating art for public places must be encouraged and Seattle’s standing as a regional leader in public art enhanced. A policy is therefore established to direct the inclusion of works of art in public works of the City.
All requests for appropriations for construction projects from eligible funds shall include an amount equal to one (1) percent of the estimated cost of such project for works of art and shall be accompanied by a request from the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for authorization to expend such funds after the same have been deposited in the Municipal Arts Fund. When the City Council approves any such request, including the one (1) percent for works of art, the appropriation for such construction project shall be made and the same shall include an appropriation of funds for works of art, at the rate of one (1) percent of project cost to be deposited into the appropriate account of the Municipal Arts Fund. Money collected in the Municipal Arts Fund shall be expended by the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for projects as prescribed by the Municipal Arts Plan, and any unexpended funds shall be carried over automatically for a period of three (3) years, and upon request of the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, carried over for an additional two (2) years. Any funds carried over for three (3) years, or upon special request for five (5) years, and still unexpended at the expiration of such period shall be transferred to the General Fund for general art purposes only; provided, that funds derived from revenue or general obligation bond issues or from utility revenues or other special purpose or dedicated funds shall revert to the funds from which appropriated at the expiration of said three (3) or five (5) year period.
So it appears the Mayor and Councilor Noun want to implement this type of ART dedication into the city..I have a much better idea.
Implement a 1% ‘donation” or percentage to FIX and Maintain our city school buildings!
Last week I was involved with the Robinson School PTO Legacy Wall project, we took a group of women that had graduated from the school in 1976 on a tour and heard one say ” Well the walls and floor are still the exact same color and in the same shape as when we went there.”
The PTO had to open the dividing wall between the Cafeteria and School Auditorium because the wall was so filthy it was embarrassing to leave open!
This isn’t Seattle or Cambridge Mr. Mayor we don’t need art, we the working families who have students in these buildings want their children in a clean, maintained building not a building that looks like it did in 1976! Keep your art deco and your statue and get me a coat of paint and some stalls in the bathroom.
STOP Blaming Union 1705 for not allowing non-union people to paint and fix issues, the city found a way to privatize the cemetery and street lights over their objections, find a way to close some of the outstanding issue that deal with maintenance and painting at the city schools.
What good is all the money the state gave us to build new schools if the city doesn’t maintain them properly?
Forget the ARTS Mr. Mayor and instruct the Manager to find a way to paint, polish, fix and maintain the school buildings.
It will not matter if the school dept. spends money on new technology if the classroom electrical socket is broke or if the roof leaks. Some bathrooms have broken sinks, how sanitary is that?
The attach report that will be presented at this weeks School Committee Meeting shows over $5,607,000.00 worth of repairs needed for Roofs, Plumbing, Flooring, Masonry etc.
Before we fund the arts… FUND THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR CITY SCHOOLS!!!!!