Airway Art – Photo courtesy City of El Paso
During Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, members adopted the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department annual Public Art Plan for the City of El Paso.
“The success of public art has allowed the city to enhance local communities and neighborhoods through artwork that become landmarks and sources of pride,” said Quality of Life Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome. “Local artists have also benefitted from the program by having their work selected or through participation in development programs that help them learn the skills they need to compete for public art projects.”
The annual plan presents an update on projects that have been completed as well as a breakdown of projects that are scheduled for the calendar year.
The City sets aside 2 percent from every Capital Improvement Project budget to fund the Public Art Program.
Since its beginnings in 2006, the City’s Public Art Program has completed 63 projects with another 24 in process. The program has worked with 168 artists of which 75 percent are local artists.
The public art program has impacted 105 local businesses through its projects.
Projects that are in progress include artwork at the Joey Barraza and Vino Memorial Park in Northeast El Paso and the new neighborhood waterparks in District 2 and District 7.
Officials addd that the City’s public art inventory will continue to grow as the projects from the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds are completed.