City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 07
Chapter 07.06
Section 07.06.420

Title 07 Finance

Chapter 07.06 Procurement of Goods, Services and Works

Article VII. Municipal Art Policy

Section 07.06.420 Funding Works of Art
  1. Whomever requests an appropriation of an eligible fund for a construction project includes one percent (1%) of the estimated project cost for works of art. When the City Council approves such an appropriation request, the appropriation includes the one percent (1%) for art.

  2. Appropriation Requests.

    1. All appropriation requests subject to this section shall be reviewed by the Spokane Arts Commission prior to submission to the City Council.

    2. At the time an appropriation request is submitted to the City Council, the Spokane Arts Commission may ask that up to one-half of the one percent (0.5%) for arts be transferred to the Municipal Arts Project Fund for purposes authorized in SMC 7.08.106, and as further provided in this section. At the time of making a request, the) Spokane Arts Commission shall additionally consult with the party responsible for the overall appropriation request.

    3. Administration of the execution and placement of art projects supported by funds so transferred is under the authority of the Spokane Arts Commission. 

  3. Transfer of funds under subsection (B) of this section remains subject to any restrictions or requirements applicable to uses of the funds in contract or law, such as applicable requirements as may arise under RCW 43.09.210 or from funding or grant sources.

    1. The party or department originating the appropriation request may also propose other restrictions.

    2. Any portion of funds transferred may also be placed in a restricted pooled fund for maintenance of artwork, the fund to be administered by the Spokane Arts Commission. 

  4. The Spokane Arts Commission develops criteria for use of or access to funds transferred under subsection (B) of this section, which shall consider:

    1. accessibility of the work to the community (e.g., placement in parks, publicly accessible corridors, community gathering places, and public buildings or other zones of public interaction);

    2. compatibility with the Comprehensive Plan, including the long-range land use plan; and

    3. conformity to the Municipal Arts Plan, referenced in SMC 4.05.050 and chapter 4.05 SMC;

    4. art proposed to be placed in parks shall further be subject to approval of the Park Board.

    5. art in municipal libraries shall be subject to approval of the library board.

    6. the director of arts may also consider the advice of other jurisdictional bodies such as neighborhood councils, business improvement district councils or similar bodies exercising oversight or advisory over affected areas. 

  5. All selection and placement of art shall at all times be subject to the ultimate judgment and discretion of the Spokane Arts Commission, and no public forum or rights of access shall ever be created. As a general principle, public art should encourage enjoyment and appreciation of art for all ages and members of the public. The City at all times reserves the right to decline to accept any art proposal.

Date Passed: Monday, March 12, 2018

Effective Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

ORD C35602 Section 2