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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

2% for The Arts

July 24, 2019

This afternoon, Council updated the City’s Public Art Code to expand the Percent for Art program.

Percent for Art is a City program that requires major City projects to include funding for public art. Today’s update expands the program to increase art access and leverage public dollars more efficiently, including:

  • Expanding the list of allowed uses for Percent for Art dollars, including allowing creative space and artists-in-residence
  • Prioritizing underserved communities’ access to art
  • Clarifying responsibilities between the City and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), who administers the program

This update is one of the recommendations included in the Arts Affordability Plan adopted by Council in 2018.

Special thanks to Tracy Schreiber on our team, Pollyanne Birge from Commissioner Eudaly’s office, RACC, the City Attorney’s office, and community partners for their help crafting this update.