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Record No: CB 119298    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119298
Type: Council Bill (CB) Status: In Committee
Current Controlling Legislative Body Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee
Final Action:
Ordinance No:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the Municipal Art Fund; amending Section 20.32.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code to remove the timing limitation on the use of funding.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the Municipal Art Fund; amending Section 20.32.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code to remove the timing limitation on the use of funding.
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WHEREAS, the Municipal Art Fund (MAF), established as the public art fund for the City, is primarily funded by contributions from the 1% for Art capital program and supports public art installations across the City; and
WHEREAS, Seattle Municipal Code Section 20.32.030 requires the Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS) to return MAF contributions after three years with a possible extension to five years pending agreement from contributing departments; and
WHEREAS, due to the funds expiration urgency, ARTS often develops projects with larger commission amounts to ensure that funds are expended within the three-year window; and
WHEREAS, removal of the expiration timeline would grant ARTS the flexibility to have smaller projects over a longer period to explore programs that allow those traditionally excluded from the process entry into the public art field; and
WHEREAS, ARTS believes this approach will encourage artists of color and emerging artists from other communities to participate more in public art commissions and help these artists build experience and a portfolio for larger award; and
WHEREAS, while departments usually administratively extend funds to meet timelines, it is not required per the Seattle Municipal Code and could put public art at risk after the department has commissioned an artist for design; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 20.32.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 124539, is amended as follows:
20.32.030 Funds for works of art
All requests for appropriations for construction projects from eligible funds shall include an amount equal to one percent of the estimated cost of such project for works of art and shall be ac...

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