The purpose of this policy is to express the role public art plays in libraries and to provide guidance and direction for the selection of commissioned public art. The Board understands this policy will not anticipate the creative scope of possibilities for public art projects. It is the intent, therefore, of this policy to provide a broad framework for decision making that does not unduly limit creative potential.
For the purpose of this policy, public art is defined as an original work of visual art that is accessible to the public. It is designed for a specific location, reflects the local community, and is intended to support the library as a gathering place where all residents come to learn, grow, and spend time together.
This policy applies to the acquisition of all public art that is commissioned for the Hennepin County Library. Commissioned public art may be acquired in one of two ways:
The Library Director, the Hennepin County Library Board President, and the Executive Director of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library will coordinate the formation of an Art Selection Committee for each capital building project.
Additional Art Selection Committees may be established by the Library Director in response to proposals from the Friends of the Hennepin County Library to commission public art for libraries.
The Library Board President will appoint a Library Board member to each Art Selection Committee. Appointees will be active participants in the commissioned art selection process and report progress to the full Library Board.
The following considerations will be used by Art Selection Committees to guide the evaluation and selection of commissioned art proposals.
The extent to which the public art:
This policy is reviewed by the Library Director (or designee) every four years and makes recommendations to the Library Board Program/Policy Committee. The Committee reviews and revises as necessary, endorses and advances to the full Library Board for approval.
Next Review Date: 3/2018
Last Reviewed/Revised Date: 9/17/2014
Date Adopted: 2015