Fewer towns willing to invest in public art

on Friday,November 19,2010 19:11


The economic downturn has negatively impacted a number of industries, including the art world. More cities are voting down the option to establish public art in an effort to save money, according to the Columbia Missourian.

Cheyenne, Wyoming is one example of a city that has turned its heads against the idea of building public art. Recently, officials voted against using money that had already been set aside to erect a statue because the city had recently laid off 20 workers. In fear of sparking outrage, towns are becoming more conservative in regards to what they spend their funds on, and art is out of the question.

"There's truly a value in public art, but there's simply no money, and if you have choose between public art or police and fire, it's a pretty easy decision," San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders' spokesman, Alex Roth, told the news source.

Art-related jobs are predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New designs may be able to encourage communities to embrace public art.

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