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Public Input Shapes City of San Luis Obispo’s Updated Public Art Policy and Manual

Post Date:01/23/2020 4:00 PM

Following public input at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the Council voted 4-0 to update its Public Art Policy and Manual by incorporating the core values of sustainability, inclusivity and diversity into the public art policy.  The City has a long history of supporting a robust public art program with more than 104 public art pieces, including utility boxes, that are strategically located throughout the City. 

Specifically, the Public Art Policy now states:

“The City is driven to encourage Public Art that respects our past and embraces the future; supporting all members and facets of the community and the pursuit of sustainability, diversity, and inclusivity. The City of San Luis Obispo strives to incorporate these values into public spaces through the proliferation of public art.”

The update did not include a proposed amendment to ban public art that commemorates or highlights specific people but may accept a piece of art on a case by case basis.  The Policy also encourages a financing plan for both construction and maintenance to ensure public art is enjoyed by the public and future generations. 

Leading up to Tuesday’s meeting, the City received approximately 50 letters regarding the proposed amendments to the Public Art Policy and Manual. 



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