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Percent for Art


Percent for Art

The term percent for art refers to a program, often a city ordinance, where a fee, usually some percentage of the project cost, is placed on large scale development projects in order to fund and install public art. The details of such programs vary from area-to-area. Similar programs, such as "art in public places", attempt to achieve similar goals by requiring that public art be part of a project, yet they often allow developers to pay in-lieu fees to a public art fund as an alternative.

Percent-for-art programs are used to fund public art where private or specialized funding of public art is unavailable.


  • See also 1
  • External links 2
    • Programs 2.1
    • Digital collections 2.2
    • Publications 2.3

See also

External links


  • Bolton
  • Kansas City
  • Philadelphia (pdf)
  • Maine
  • New York
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Minnesota
  • Chapel Hill
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Western Australia
  • Palm Desert
  • New Haven
  • Toronto
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Roanoke, Virginia

Digital collections

  • Oregon Percent for Art Digital Collection
  • Chicago Transit Authority Online Public Art Gallery


  • John Wetenhall A Brief History of Percent-for-Art in America (pdf)
  • 1962 Time Article
  • City Art: New York's Percent For Art Program
  • CTA Public Art Guide - Chicago Transit Authority (pdf)
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