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City Mulls Public Art Funding

Posted: January 25, 2008 2:46 a.m.
Updated: March 27, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Santa Clarita could take on a more artistic flair under a program that would require a portion of funding for large public and private projects to be set aside for an art project.

City officials haven't worked out details of the Percent for the Arts program, but the ordinance would require all projects over a specified amount to contribute a certain percentage of the total project cost to fund an art project.
The money may be contributed to a City Art Fund that would pay for public art such as murals or sculptures.
City staff presented the plan at Tuesday's City Council meeting, and several residents spoke in favor of the idea.
"I truly believe arts are the foundation of a civilized and cultured society," said Sandy Fisher, president of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association. "The look of a city can shape and enhance the cultural experiences of its residents and become a catalyst for a growing arts community."
Saugus resident Andy Pattantyus said now is the time for the 20-year-old city to invest in the arts.
"Now that we have the essentials in hand, it's time to invest in the arts," Pattantyus said.
He said Santa Clarita should be "a place where you can come in and you can see the city holds the arts in high regards."
Councilman TimBen Boydston, who brought the item before the council, said public art would add cultural tourism to the city.
"I think the difference between a truly civilized society and just a mediocre one is art," he said. "I think this component could take us to the next level."
The city will conduct further research and will draft a more detailed proposal.


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