Oklahoma City public art to get integrative direction

An art commission is asking the mayor and city council to push for a grant that would fund a master plan for public art projects. The policy is one of five recommendations outlined by a cultural development plan implemented in 2011.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: December 18, 2012
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A comprehensive plan that would put these projects in the hands of a single city commission is one of five recommendations outlined in a cultural development plan implemented by the city in 2011.

Kienzle said the pledges are required to qualify for a grant from National Endowment of the Arts. Grant funds would hire a national consultant to develop an integrated policy for the design, development, permitting, safety and maintenance of public art in Oklahoma City.

The policy also would develop a way to involve the community in selecting public art projects, Kienzle said.

“And the long-term benefit is when you have a collection of projects that you want to have really big impact with — like let's just talk about MAPS 3 — there would be kind of this context to it and there would be a way to help the projects make sense off one another,” she said.

If supported by the council, the grant application could be prepared in time for a Jan. 14 deadline, she said.


by Steve Lackmeyer
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