All Eyes on Art | PGH4ART

With the slogan, All Eyes on Art, the PGH4ART team, an artist-led group of students, organizers, and activists call on city lawmakers to enforce Pittsburgh’s Percent for Art Law, which requires 1% of publicly-funded construction and renovation projects to be set aside for the creation of public art. It hasn’t been enforced since its inception in 1977.  This letter to the editor at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette lays out the issue and its context in detail. All Eyes on Art, Katz Plaza, Pittsburgh Pa, May 17, 2013 photographed by Tom Jefferson
All Eyes on Art, Katz Plaza, Pittsburgh Pa, May 17, 2013 photographed by Jenny Jean Crawford In every election cycle we publicly debate on what is and is not working about our government. With candidates vying for our votes, we discuss the performance and methods of elected officials. The PGH4ART Team is using Pittsburgh’s mayoral election as a social space in which we can effectively bring All Eyes to a city law that has lain dormant since 1977. The Team is working with the Hill District Consensus GroupFight Back Pittsburgh, and students from CAPA High School in support of the campaign. At the May 2013 demonstration at Katz Plaza, our street team collected signatures for the petition while our online organizers got the word out via Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Art as part of the social landscape has a profound impact on communities,” said Shannon Pultz, the head of CAPA High School’s visual art department. “Study after study shows that the amount of art equals the amount of vibrancy of city life,” and sure enough mayoral candidate Bill Peduto and city council candidate, Dan Gilman, were in attendance at Katz Plaza. The All Eyes on Art event was discussed in a political rather than an art context in both the Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh City Paper. Heading into the November 2013 election, candidates for Pittsburgh Mayor and City Council answered in-depth questions about enforcement and implementation of the 1977 law. They have been published by the City Paper. Bill Peduto and Dan Gillman at All Eyes on Art, Katz Plaza, Pittsburgh Pa, May 17, 2013 photographed by Erin Gil Ninehouser
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KEY ELEMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN:

 

CAMPAIGN PRESS:

Percent for Art schemes fail to deliver
https://cpsperanza.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/artnewspaper_percent-for-art-schemes-fail-to-deliver-the-art-newspaper04.pdf

Pittsburgh struggles to revamp its “percent for art” law
http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-struggles-to-revamp-its-percent-for-art-law/Content?oid=1771277

Candidates Respond to “Percent 4 Art” Movement
http://www.pghcitypaper.com/ProgramNotes/archives/2013/10/23/candidates-respond-to-percent-4-art-movement

Pittsburgh’s Public Art Manager wants public art to be paid its due
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4694820-74/art-law-percent#axzz2ga6TvIaN

Arts Funding Protest Draws Mayoral Candidate
http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2013/05/17/arts-funding-protest-draws-mayoral-candidate

Candidates for mayor should support public art
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/letters/candidates-for-mayor-should-support-public-art-686039/

Effort made to enforce public art requirement in construction
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/effort-made-to-enforce-public-art-requirement-in-construction-688110/

Petition Sparks Discussion of City, County Arts Funding
http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2013/02/15/petition-sparks-discussion-of-city-county-arts-funding

Petition urges including art in public building projects
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/petition-urges-including-art-in-public-building-projects-675628/

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