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Wichita art advocates want public arts funding proposal

March 25, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Arts advocates in Wichita are pushing an ordinance that would fund more public art projects.

The Wichita Eagle reports an ordinance that will be presented Tuesday at a city council workshop would set aside a percent of the city’s capital-improvement project budget for public art.

If the council approves the ordinance, Wichita would join more than 350 other cities that have similar ordinances.

Patricia McDonnell, director of the Wichita Art Museum, said a large group of local artists and designers wrote the proposal based on what other cities have passed.

The ordinance would ensure that public projects factor art and design elements into their budgets.

Currently, a citizens group makes recommendations to the City Council about integrating art into public projects, but those recommendations aren’t always accepted.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com