Public art board gets good review from City Council

Group would oversee city funds for projects

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The Steamboat Springs City Council has given the go-ahead for the formation of a public art board.

The Public Art Steering Committee went before the City Council on Tuesday to present its report, which was the product of several meetings. Committee members recommended that the council establish a board to oversee the use of public funds for public art.

Approval for formation of the board won't become official until the council votes in favor of a resolution to establish the board. Council members said Tuesday that they wanted to review a resolution March 7, but they agreed that efforts to form the board should move forward in the meantime.

About 20 people are on the Public Art Steering Committee. The committee's meetings began in the fall after the city promised to set aside $15,000 annually for public art. The $15,000 would be seed money to be spent if it is matched by at least $10,000 in private funding.

In the committee's report, it recommended that the council establish a seven-member board; one member would be from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Board of Directors and the other six would be chosen by the council. An application process would be used to choose the six at-large members.

The committee also recommended that the six at-large members represent a variety of art interests. The board could include artists, art vendors, community members, art educators, architects and engineers.

The board would review projects and recommend which projects to fund.

Linda Kakela, the city's director of intergovernmental services, provided staff support to the committee. She said committee members were pleased with the council's action.

"We're excited about developing public art in Steamboat Springs," Kakela said Wed-nesday.

Nancy Kramer, a committee member who also is executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, said she hopes public funds will excite people about public art.

"Hopefully, it will give people confidence to put some ideas together," Kramer said.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229 or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.

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