2015 Semifinalist
City of Albuquerque, NM
Innovations in American Government Awards
New Mexico

The Albuquerque City Council initiated the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance following the emerging trend of establishing municipal and state percent for art laws in the 1970s. The Ordinance allocated 1 percent of voter-approved General Obligation Bonds for the acquisition and placement of works of art in public places. It took several years for the program funds to develop and for works of art to be acquired and placed in various public places. However, by 1990, when the program was just over a decade old, it had amassed a collection of 150 large outdoor sculptures and other commissioned works of art, and the law was amended to include a clause specifically to allow a portion of the 1 percent for art funds to be used for maintenance and conservation of those works of art.

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