Duluth public arts gets boost from council

April 8, 2013 by  

The end of March saw what could prove to be an exciting development for Duluth, as the City Council unanimously voted for the formation of a public art’s commission.

The Duluth Public Arts Commission (DPAC) will be given the responsibility of supporting performing arts and promoting public artistic schemes. It will also work to encourage the city’s developers to install public art throughout Duluth.

As well as the setup of DPAC, the vote also approved initial guidelines for how the commission will be run, and the creation of a Performing Art and Acquisition Fund (PAAF). The PAAF will work to pool contributions from developers and others with an interest in the arts.

The guidelines that were approved will see the commission having nine members; at least five of whom will have to live within the Duluth city limits. Each staggered term will run for four years and be appointed by the council.

The guidelines, developed by both council staff and Duluth residents, also require an annual report be submitted. A preliminary report is to be presented in August 2013, ahead of the budget, in order that proper funding can be put in place.

That funding will see its first employment in the creation of a master plan, for which estimations cost it at $75,000.

The development of the commission will be of great interest to many folks living in Duluth, as well as the businesses working here. The successful promotion of the public arts events will also be in the spotlight, with poster printing and flyer printing likely to be key advertising streams.