Reviewing the recommendations of the 2009 plan yielded the very pleasant surprise that most of the recommendations have been accomplished. There are significant positive changes in the perception of the value of public art since 2009. In 2009, the public art presence was barely visible, with primarily small two-dimensional works. The Public Art Master Plan urged a focus on significance, excellence and diversity, and as a result larger, more visible works were commissioned. These higher profile art projects are recognized as supporting the goals of planning and economic development placemaking initiatives. In 2015, we see the opportunity to make art a key element in creating a vibrant city.
Dedicating staff time to public art is essential to identifying and moving on opportunities in-line with urban development projects; City Community Development staff are looking for this leadership and expertise. Page 13 of this report lists staffing options.