Percent for Public Art Program
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".
There should be no money for art when there are claims of "budget shorfalls." Artwork may be a nice thing to have but it goes pretty low on the totem poll of priorities and I don't believe that a majority of taxpayers think that they should be paying for it while they are told that there aren't enough tax dollars to educate kids or fund the state crime lab.
This piece really speaks to me. It says "what a waste of money."