There has been a good deal of conversation lately on the role of public art in cities and the ways and means that city governments commission works and then maintain them for posterity. The City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs, for example, is in the hot seat for failing to maintain aging artworks, much to the outrage of the arts community.
Savvy to the public’s role in shaping public space (for better or worse), The El Paso Public Art Program wants your input on how best to hash out some long-term strategies for the artwork it commissions through the city’s transportation and Quality of Life bonds. The City of El Paso is conducting an online survey to gather information related to the placement of works, the building of community and the enrichment of pride in El Paso through projects. The survey will help inform the El Paso Public Art Master Plan which is slated to be completed this year.