Government & Politics

July 1, 2014

Latest public art project highlights the lack of local applicants

Kansas City’s biggest public art commission in years has just been awarded to an Iowa artist for a creation to enhance the new East Patrol police station. But with 61 applicants for the lucrative commission, only one artist was from the Kansas City area. The situation has reignited a debate that surfaces nearly every time the city awards a major One Percent for Art project. Why don’t more local artists participate, and should the city do more to encourage that participation?

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