May 26, 2014 6:03 pm

City council approves changes to public art funding


CALGARY- City council has approved changes to a controversial public arts policy, that saw one per cent of funding for public projects earmarked for accompanying art.

Calls for change originally came up after the Travelling Light was unveiled, as many people thought it was both overpriced and an eyesore. Last Tuesday, a city committee passed a new policy that will see money spent on art capped at $4 million per project. They also added two people to the art jury, bringing the total to seven members.

The new plan went before city council on Monday, and was passed.

The change will see one per cent spent on art, for projects worth up to $50 million. If it’s worth more than that, spending drops to half a per cent, with the maximum topping out at $4 million.

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