2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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PUBLIC ART

WHEREAS, public art is defined as the inclusion of artists in the design of public spaces and the inclusion of artwork in civic spaces; and

WHEREAS, public art can be traced to such ancient examples as the pyramids of Egypt or the Colossus of Rhodes; and

WHEREAS, public art in the United States includes some of the nation's most cherished images and symbols, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has supported public art through programs such as the WPA during the New Deal as well as the current Art in Architecture program and the cultural enhancements program of the Transportation Equity Act; and

WHEREAS, public art brings focus, importance, and cohesion to public places. It creates an environment that attracts people, offering them insight, repose, delight, and a sense of destination. Public art transforms spaces, giving them context and relevance, and inspiring civic pride and community identity; and

WHEREAS, 46 out of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Guam have at least one public art program, and 132 cities across the country have public arts programs run by municipal governments; and

WHEREAS, 26 new municipal public art programs have started nationwide in just the last two years; and

WHEREAS, the most common funding structure of state and local public art programs is Percent for Art legislation,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms the valuable contribution of local and state public art programs across the country in making our cities more livable, beautiful, and unique.