Premiere of "Making History: Public Art in Albuquerque" at the KiMo Theatre
As one of the oldest public art programs in the country, the City’s program began in 1978 with the passage of the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance that set aside 1 percent of City construction funds derived from the general obligation bond program and certain revenue bonds for the purchase or commission of works of art.
Through the years the program has grown the public art collection to over 650 installations in all areas of Albuquerque. The art ranges from traditional bronze sculptures to eclectic and sometimes humorous artistic statements, on rare occasions, controversial, but always offering an opportunity to bring the arts into public consciousness—which is the purpose of the program.
The film was produced by Anthony DellaFlora in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque’s GOV-TV and the Public Art Urban Enhancement Program. “Putting together a history of the public art program was a fascinating process,” said DellaFlora, a former reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. “Having written about the program and some of the controversies, it was interesting to get a perspective from inside the program,” he added. “I also learned that this is a really innovative program and something that local residents should really be proud of. I hope that comes through in the documentary.”
Sherri Brueggemann, who manages the public art program, noted, “We have long wanted to tell the whole story behind the Public Art Program and are very pleased to have someone with Anthony DellaFlora’s talent and journalistic background to produce this documentary. I hope a lot of people are able to view the film and gain a greater understanding of why public art has been such a critical component in the growth of the arts in Albuquerque.”