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Public Art, Urban Enhancement Reorganized

Public Art Team Joins the Cultural Services Department.

Public Art Program and Urban Enhancement Trust Fund are now part of the Cultural Services Department.

The City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department Director Beatriz Rivera announced that the Public Art Program and Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Programs have officially become part of the Cultural Services Department as of June 7.

"This is an exciting time for Albuquerque's cultural life," said Rivera. "In spite of recession and budget concerns, the City is still committed to supporting a wide variety of vibrant and flourishing community-based cultural events and activities." She continued, "In my opinion, public art is one of the key elements of any city's commitment to cultural enhancement. By bringing the entities together we open up so many possibilities for greater awareness and understanding of public art. Further, the purchase of public art impacts the economic well being of the City."

Some examples of cross-promotion may include highlighting nearby, accessible public art installations during events, and having materials available on the City's over 650 public art installations in all of CSD's venues, which include the Albuquerque Museum, the BioPark, the KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Libraries, the Balloon Museum, and the South Broadway Cultural Center, the Albuquerque International Sunport, City Parks and public buildings.

According to head of the Public Art and UETF Programs, Sherri Brueggemann, "Our team is excited to be part of the department most responsible for encouraging people to fall in love with this city. As one of the richest and most active cultural departments in the country, the Cultural Services Department offers literally thousands of events and activities throughout its divisions that are a perfect complement to our efforts to commission and promote public art."

The City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program, one of the oldest in the country, began in 1978, with the passage of the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance. This forward thinking initiative set aside 1% of City construction funds derived from the general obligation bond program and certain revenue bonds for the purchase or commission of works of art. The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund was started in 1983 and continues to fund art and cultural activities through non-profit organizations dedicated to providing quality and education arts events to the public.

More Information

For additional information on all of the public art installations in Albuquerque, visit www.cabq.gov/publicart or call 311. For additional information on the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund visit www.cabq.gov/uetf. TTY Users call 711.