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Public Art in State Capital Projects Passes Legislature

Senate Bill 12 Capital Projects – Inclusion of Public Art was signed into law expanding public art eligibility to include capital projects that are funded up to 50 percent with State funds, rather than limiting eligibility to projects funded solely with State funds. Under the new law, the public art contribution will be allocated from the State portion of the construction budget, typically one half of one percent, resulting in no fiscal impact on the State capital project. The Maryland State Arts Council manages the public art program, working closely with the user agency in the artist selection and artwork implementation process.

“Maryland is one of 30 states and more than 300 municipalities nationwide creating public art, and looks forward to expanded project opportunities for artists through the amended bill,” said Liesel Fenner, Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council.