Chicago Public Art Program Announces New Projects

Process selection begins for six new Public Art Projects

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture announce five new Public Art Projects. In accordance with the Percent for Art Ordinance, the Chicago Public Art Program is in the beginning stages of the selection and commission of art projects in six locations in either a two or three dimensional medium for:

Norwood Park Senior Center

Norwood Park Senior Center

5801 North Natoma Avenue, Ward 41

Art Budget: $28,800.00





Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library

Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library

1000 East 73rd Street, Ward 5
Art Budget: $41,835.20






Dunning Branch Library

Dunning Branch Library

7455 West Cornelia Avenue, Ward 36
Art Budget: $46,709.60





12th District Police Station

12th District Police Station

1412 South Blue Island Avenue, Ward 2
Art Budget: $181,232.00





Richard M Daley Branch Library

Richard M. Daley Branch Library

733 North Kedzie Avenue, Ward 27
Art Budget: $67,928.00






Little Village Branch Library

Little Village Branch Library

2311 South Kedzie Avenue, Ward 24
Art Budget: $60,584.00

(project will not convene until fall of 2011)





Artists are encouraged to apply for the Chicago Artist Registry for these and other Percent for Art Projects. As a primary resource for the selection of artists, the Public Art Program maintains this registry open to all living, professional artists, free of charge.  Artists can download the application through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events webpage at www.cityofchicago.org.

Community members are invited to forums scheduled to solicit suggestions for artists and types of artwork for consideration. The following forums are scheduled:

Norwood Park Senior Center

Monday, March 21st, 2011, at 11:00 am

Norwood Park Senior Center, 5801 North Natoma


Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 6:00 pm

Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 South Ingleside Ave. (at So. Chicago Ave.)


Dunning Branch Library

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011, at 6:00 pm

Dever School, 3436 N. Osceola (at Cornelia)


12th District Police Station

Monday, April 11, 2011, at 6:00 pm

Roosevelt Branch Library, 1101 W. Taylor St.


Percent for Art Ordinance

In 1978, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved the Percent for Art Ordinance, which stipulates that a 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating municipal buildings and public spaces be devoted to original artwork on the premises; it also stipulates that at least half of the commissions be awarded to Chicago area artists to provide opportunities to the local arts community. At that time, Chicago was one of the first municipalities, and the largest, to legislate the incorporation of public art into its official building program. Today, there are more than 200 similar programs throughout the United States, due in large part to the success of the Chicago ordinance.

Chicago Public Art Program

The Public Art Program implements the ordinance’s mission to provide the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment through the enhancement of city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists. The Program maintains the Chicago Public Art Collection, which now includes more than 700 works of art exhibited in 150+ municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries and CTA stations.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts; supporting the people who create and sustain them; and marketing the city’s abundant cultural resources to a worldwide audience. DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, programs and promotes thousands of high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations presented each year at Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city.

Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture

The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers, providing innovative visitor programs and services, and presenting free world-class public programs. COTC supports local artists through grants and other resources and creates vital opportunities for artists of all levels. For more information please visit www.ExploreChicago.org.

Editor’s Note: In other news on funding in the arts, Chicago Human Rhythm Project is announcing more than a half million dollars in funding for a new collaborative space for several Chicago arts groups. The establishment of the Collaborative Space for Sustainable Development (CSSD—working title), will serve as a shared, affordable and eventually self-sufficient education, rehearsal and administrative facility. CHRP’s CSSD has secured financial support of more than $500,000 to date. Collaborating resident companies include, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Kalapriya, Center for Indian Performing Arts, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ping Pong Productions, which facilitates collaborations between Chinese and international artists and River North Dance Chicago.