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Monday, November 16, 2015

Comments sought at Allegheny County art-funding vote tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Allegheny County Council plans to vote tomorrow night on rewriting a law that requires that county-funded construction projects set aside a portion of their budgets for public artworks.

The law, instituted in 2005, has never been enforced. But the proposed rewrite would remove a requirement that directs that 2 percent of county spending on construction or improvements to county-owned properties be set aside for art.

PGH4ART, an advocacy group, is asking supporters of public art to attend the meeting and speak against rewriting the law.

An email sent to supporters yesterday by PGH4ART’s Carolyn Speranza read, in part, “The re-write eviscerates the funding mechanism for public art and guts the original law.”

Speranza’s message referenced a Sunday Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on the matter.

Allegheny County residents or taxpayers have until 5 p.m. today to sign up to speak at tomorrow’s meeting. The online form to register to speak is here. The agenda item to cite is "9246-15 Amending 39-05-OR revising County’s Percent for Art Policy."

PGH4ART was formed in 2013 to push for enforcement of both county and City of Pittsburgh laws requiring set-asides for public art. The group argues that, in addition to aesthetic benefits, enforcement of the laws would create jobs.

The group’s petition has nearly 2,300 signatures.

Here’s a CP article on the group and the art-funding issue from last year.

The meeting takes place starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the fourth-floor Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse, 436 Grant St., Downtown.

Here's the meeting's agenda.

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