Friday, May 20, 2005

Tax dollars for artwork: a collection

Public Art

Tell me why the city of Medford bought this? Weird statue

Call for Public Art Read more here...

The Oregon City Arts Commission (OCAC) in conjunction with the City of Oregon City is in the process of inviting local artists to submit photos or a CD of existing work for consideration in the display of public art.

It is the intent of the OCAC to select sculpture pieces to be placed in designated sites along the 7th Street corridor for a permanent public art display. There is a total of $20,000 budgeted for the procurement of up to four pieces of public art.
The people who said "how could Bush have an expensive inauguration when there are starving people in the world" seem to have no problem with government wasting $20,000 on a hunk of "decorative" steel.

The Percent for Art legislation, passed in 1975, guides the acquisition of Oregon's State Art Collection which includes more than 2,500 original art works.

ORS sets aside "not less than 1% of the direct construction funds of new or remodeled state buildings with construction budgets of $100,000 or greater for the acquisition of art work which may be an integral part of the building, attached thereto, or capable of display in other State Buildings".

The public art program has been of benefit to Oregon's community of professional artists. Over one thousand artists have been involved with Percent for Art since its inception. Fees and commissions to artists have exceeded $6 million...
This means that the newly built, but un-opened, Wapato jail (cost to build $59,000,000) got $590,000 worth of artwork.

The Public Art Murals Program is a Portland city-wide program administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) as part of its 25-year-old Percent for Art Program.

For Fiscal Year 2004/05 RACC has approximately $45,000 with which we can provide matching funds for multiple mural projects.
One Porland Police officer... $45,000. Not having to worry about a meth addict killing your family... priceless.

Still hiring...
Cultural Historian Sought for I-205 Light Rail Project
TriMet's Public Art Program is seeking a qualified cultural historian to research and write a report that summarizes the unique cultural, ethnic and historical character of the station areas surrounding the proposed I-205 light rail extension. The compensation for the project is $6,000.

House Passes NEA Increase!
U.S. House of Representatives approved the Congressional Arts Caucus Amendment to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by $10 million and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by $5 million.

Oregon Representative David Wu spoke in favor of the amendment.
He had a good reason to write a letter in support of that inmate... but he's sorry. He's also sorry that he held a pillow over a girl's face while he tried to rape her. He's not sorry that tax dollars are spent on art. Great guy.

An issue for the ACLU! Government funded religion!
A Leap of Faith, An interactive play encouraging dialogue on the issue of Christianity and gay marriage

Leap of Faith is a touring interactive performance that explores the issue of gay marriage and Christianity by looking at both theology and the day-to-day lives of congregational members. A Leap of Faith encourages audience members to explore tenets of their belief in an atmosphere that allows for mutal respect and human connection.

First United Methodist Church 1838 SW Jefferson Portland, Or South Minister Presbyterian Church 12250 SW Denny Rd. Beaverton, Or Ainsworth United Church of Christ 2941 NE Ainsworth Portland, Or

RACC Program: RACC Project Grant

RACC is the steward of public investment in arts and culture, and works to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region can flourish and prosper. RACC is funded in party by local, regional, state and federal governments to provide grants to artists and operating support to art organizations in the tri-county region. (Funders include the City of Portland, Metro, and Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties, the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts. For a complete list of public and private funders, click here.)
So RACC uses public money (your money) to have a church put on a play about homosexual marriage. Do you think that this will include the traditional Christian views of homosexuality or this will be a play all about "tolerance?"


Sue K. said...

Yuck! That thing is ugly! What the heck is it supposed to be? If you're ever in downtown Corvallis, look on the corners for the hideous "seaweed/wave" looking statues. Another waste of money!!

Daniel said...

"What the heck is it supposed to be?"

It's "art." I think that you need to be a man with a pony tail to truly understand it though.

Anonymous said...

"...RACC uses public money (your money) to have a church put on a play about homosexual marriage. Do you think that this will include the traditional Christian views of homosexuality or this will be a play all about "tolerance?"
Answer: It will be an INSTRUCTION on 'tolerance', you bigot! Try to keep up, Daniel! :)