Government & Politics

July 1, 2014 9:15 PM

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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