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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Arlington Now Accepting Applications for Public Art Projects

The City of Arlington is accepting applications from the public and organizations within the city limits of Arlington for public art projects to be installed in 2020. By ordinance, the City sets aside 10 percent of construction sales tax to fund public art. There is approximately $40,000 in the budget to allocate to projects for 2020.

What is public art?
Artwork permanently or temporarily placed in a public space. It can be placed inside or outside, be representational or abstract. It can be integrated with architecture, landscape or infrastructure. It can be functional, commemorative, decorative, or interactive. Public art contributes to the visual character of the community, creates a sense of place, and celebrates culture and history. Public art should inspire conversation.

Each public art proposal will be considered by the Public Art Committee for recommendation and Park, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC), and to the City Council for final decision. The committee shall have the authority to negotiate concerning the content of any applicant's proposal.

Applications are due on October 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.. Details of eligibility and other program requirements are included in the application package, which is available on our website.

 For more information on the Public Art grant program, contact Sarah Lopez at slopez@arlingtonwa.gov or 360-403-3448.

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