Council asks for report on fixes to program

City council has voted to rethink Calgary’s nine-year-old public art policy following a December 16 motion from six councillors and the mayor. The current policy requires one per cent of the budget for any capital project be dedicated to onsite artwork.

The motion suggests city administration review the policy with a view to increasing citizen involvement in the art selection process allowing some flexibility in how much money will be set aside for art in each project and even pooling dedicated art funds from several infrastructure projects to create large pieces in key locations in the city.

The motion passed 13-2 with only councillors Andre Chabot and Brian Pincott dissenting. Administration has been instructed to review the policy and report back to council by May 2014.