Guest blogger Gail Sachson owns Ask Me About Art offering lectures, tours and program planning. She is Vice-Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission and a member of the Public Art Committee.
The city of Dallas Public Art Program was established by ordinance in 1988. The ordinance provides that all appropriations for City capital improvement projects include an amount equal to 1.5 percent or .75 percent of the total project appropriation to be used for the design services of artists and/or the commissioning of artwork.
Somehow, my answer to the question of “why do we need public art?” came out in verse. Maybe fewer words will conjure up more images:
Why Do We Need Public Art?
We need public art to make us smile
To be confused, to contemplate and critique
We need public art
To congratulate and connect
Our quiet minds need stimulation
Our tired eyes a treat
Our aimless bodies need redirection
So we walk around and parade on through public art
A percent for art is a meager price to pay
To open minds
And nourish souls