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Last Updated: 2017-03-29

In 1991, the Planning Commission, on the recommendation of City Council, appointed a Public Art Commission (PAC) to administer a Public Art Program. In January of 1997, City Council passed an ordinance formalizing the Percent-for-the- Arts Process and mandating its funding through the Capital Improvements budget.

Meeting Information

Public Art Program Open Office Hours Have a question about the Public Art Program? A great idea or just want more info about the Commission, our current projects or how to apply? Starting Feb 15, 2017 - every 3rd Wednesday we will hold open office hours from 3-5 pm in the 5th Floor Conference room at City Hall. No appointments are needed- just stop by!

Public Art Commission Meetings and Agendas are available on Legistar. Please see the Legistar Calendar here

The Public Art Commission meets every fourth Thursday of the Month in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For further assistance please contact Ellyn Parker, Secretary to the Public Art Commission, at 804-646-1110 or via emailSign up for our mailing list here

Meeting Dates 2017
January 26, 2017 February 23, 2017 March 23, 2017 April 27, 2017
May 25, 2017 June 22, 2017 July 27, 2017 August 24, 2017
September 28, 2017 October 26, 2017 November 30, 2017 * December 28, 2017

* NOTE: This is a deviation from the normal schedule.

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Public Art Master Plan

View the Draft plan here and attend a Public Meeting or give us comments by email before April 17th.
View the Master Plan Overview here

What is a Public Art Master Plan?
The Public Art Master Plan is a ten-year plan that will provide a clear vision for the future of public art in Richmond. The plan will include goals for Richmond's public art, define priorities and artistic approaches for the program, identify strategic partnerships and possible sources of alternative funding, and provide direction for ongoing program development and management. The plan will also address opportunities for ongoing public engagement, support increased opportunities for public art, and celebrate art as an essential element for a thriving community.

Why does the City need a Public Art Master Plan? The Percent for the Arts fund currently has a balance of approximately $2.8 million. The Public Art Master plan will guide the city’s and community’s future investment into public art. The plan will update all policies to reflect current standards and create a platform for community engagement, artistic excellence and comprehensive integration of public art into city processes. The City of Richmond owns 44 artworks values at $1.46 million that need to be inventoried, assessed, and maintained on a regular basis. The master plan and available funding enable Richmond to increase the size, quality and scope of its public art collection and gain national recognition in the arts scene.

Public Art Master Plan Community Meetings

Read the News release

CALL FOR ARTISTS for Hull Street Library

Hull Street Library – Call for Artists. Submissions due April 20, 2017

Riverfront Public Art Project #1

Riverfront #1 Public Art Project Documents Legistar

   Public Meeting Materials

Maggie L. Walker

Maggie L Walker Memorial Plaza Project Documents Legistar

   Public Meeting Materials

Membership Composition

The PAC consists of eleven members, appointed by the Planning Commission, with staggered three year terms with the opportunity for reappointment for one additional term, making a total possible term of service of six years.

The representatives from the Urban Design Committee and the Planning Commission shall serve terms on the PAC that are coincident with their appointments to those bodies. The Director of Planning and Development Review shall hold a permanent seat on the Commission as liaison to the staff.

Additionally, the commission is comprised of representatives from the fields of visual arts, visual arts education, and architecture, along with two citizen representatives.

Attendance is required and any member who misses three consecutive meetings or more than four in a year will be automatically retired from the commission.

The current members are

Members Affiliation
Dr. Sarah Bainter Cunningham , Chair Citizen
Ms. Ashley Kistler, Vice Chair Visual Arts
Mr. Mark Olinger Director, Department of Planning and Development Review
Mr. Christopher Arias Urban Design Committee
Mr. Jack Thompson Planning Commission
Mr. Paul DiPasquale CultureWorks
Ms. Susan Reed Architect
Mr. Ed Trask Visual Arts
Ms. Anne Fletcher Visual Arts
Ms. Sarah Driggs Citizen
Mr. Francis Thompson Arts Education

For more information about the members or their terms, contact the Public Art Coordinator.

Percent-for-Art Program

The Percent-for-Art program ensures that the highest quality art will have a place in public spaces throughout the city. The program encourages the participation of the surrounding communities in various stages of the artworks' development.

Based on national public art models in 27 states and nearly 200 municipalities, Richmond's Public Art Program follows well-established guidelines adapted to our particular needs.

A 1% allocation for art is earmarked from the city's Capital Budget of appropriate new or renovation construction projects having budgets over $250,000. Appropriate projects are ones that provide public services and accessibility, such as firehouses, police precincts, courthouses and detention centers, hospitals, clinics, passenger terminals, parks, and recreation centers.

Once funding has been established, a Site Selection Team is convened, consisting of a representative of the staff of the facility being built or expanded, members of the community, the architect, a city official from the sponsoring agency, and two to three members of the Public Art Commission, one of whom is an artist.

Through an open call-to-artists, applications are reviewed for artistic quality and appropriateness of their ideas or concepts to the specific project. The site requirements and the nature of the community are seriously considered when the selection team makes its recommendations to the Public Art Commission for final approval of the selected artwork.

Call for Artists

Hull Street Library – Call for Artists. Submissions due April 20, 2017

Contact Information:

Public Art Commission
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 511
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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