The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has just announced a proposed $2.3 million increase to the city's public art budget in the most recent Capital Improvements Plan by Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The proposed budget increase, which will take effect in FY 2014, will allot a $5 million annual capital allocation for public art over the next six years.
The DCCAH administers public art in the District through its DC Creates! Public Art program. This program, which is funded by the city's Capital Budget purchases, commissions, and installs artworks for public sites throughout the District of Columbia, including parks, libraries, community centers, government offices, bridges and other public venues. The collection includes more than 100 permanently sited and integrated works and over 2,600 portable works in District Government offices.
"The mayor's $2.3 budget increase is a significant investment in making the District of Columbia a world-class arts and culture destination," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "Investing in the aesthetic qualities of this city provides for a improved quality of life, creates cultural attractions as well as develops a sense of place in our neighborhoods."