Notice of motion: Public Art funding
First brought to Council: February 23, 2015
The price of oil is low. The Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta are making plans for decreased revenue from the all important oil industry. The Oil Industry, and the many industries that it supports, are cutting costs - including many jobs - in Calgary and all over Alberta.
Calgary’s Public Art Policy requires that one per cent of the first $50 million and 0.5 per cent of the portion over $50 million will be allocated to public art, up to a maximum of $4 million per project for eligible capital projects. It is luxury that is nice to have when times are good, but not something most people are likely to want to spend money on when they have just been laid-off. The City of Calgary and City Council need to show the citizens of this city that we are not living in a bubble, and that we understand the economic reality of what is happening around us.
Calgary City Council needs to show that it is willing to forgo luxuries when Calgarians are forced to do the very same thing. Councillor Peter Demong brought a motion asking that Council do just that: forgo spending on public art while times are tough.
Categories: Motions and Initiatives