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Phoenix could spend $25 million on public art over 5 years

Nearly 50 projects are on a public art list in Phoenixthat would cost more than $25 million over the next five years.

Some of the money will come from voter-approved bonds and a grant, but most projects will be funded by an ordinance the City Council adopted in 1986. It requires one percent of Capital Improvement Program funds to be invested in art that enhances the design and experience of public infrastructure, buildings and spaces.

“Of the 48 projects included in the plan nine address major retrofit or refurbishments. Seven support citywide initiatives like heat mitigation, and three are a component of long range planning efforts like Rio Reimagined,” Carrie Brown, deputy arts and culture director told city council members.

Rio Reimaginedis an initiative to protect and revitalize the Salt and Gila Rivers and create a corridor with cultural, economic and recreational opportunities. 

“One of our new long term initiatives is to replace, repair and produce identification plaques and interpretive signage. As you can imagine, some of our signage is outdated, and some even non-existent. So this initiative will assess the entire public art collection and ensure every project is properly identified,” Brown said.

The plan, which needs council approval, covers projects at police and fire stations, Sky Harbor Airport, parks, canals, libraries and community centers.  

Check out a map of public art locations in Phoenix here.

See the full list of proposed projects

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.