Thursday, February 13, 2014

Public Art for Oklahoma

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition wants to be sure you are aware of several proposals that could impact the arts during this legislative session. Below, please find information and resources regarding the proposal to extend the moratorium on Oklahoma’s public art program.

We encourage you to contact your representatives (preferably by phone or in person) to let them know how you feel about each of these issues.
HB3296: Oklahoma Art in Public Places
If approved, this bill would extend the moratorium on Oklahoma Art in Public Places through 2017.

UPDATE 2/26/14
A new Senate Bill has been introduced SB 1859 that would make the Art in Public Places an optional program. 

OVAC is concerned this would make the program have no consistency and would not allow public art to flourish in our state. 

Please be in touch with your Senators to let them know what you think about this bill and how public art is important to our state.

Update 3/3/14
This bill passed committee and will be on the Senate floor at its next session. 

Update 3/13/14
SB 1859 passed the Senate (33 yays to 5 nays) and will now be considered by the House. If passed by the House the bill would be considered by the Governor before signed into law. 

We encourage you to contact your representative (preferably by phone or in person) to let them know the consequences of making the public art program optional. 

This bill will be heard in Appropriations- Sub-Natural Resources committee March 31. 

Public Art Facts:
  • Funds spent on public art improve our communities for minimal expense and create jobs for visual artists, who are small business people.
  • The percent for public art is paid for from capital project budget and does not affect the General Revenue Fund.
  • Before the 2011 moratorium was approved, this program was only a few years old and had just begun to complete a variety of excellent art projects all over the state.
  • Public art enlivens our cityscapes, reflects our distinctiveness, attracts tourism and creates economic benefit.  Public art can record our community history.  All distinctive communities include public art from the Statue of Liberty to the Vietnam Memorial. 
Extra Resources:
Read more about the program here:  

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