Public Meetings, Online Notification Added to NYC Percent For Art Program

My piece for the LICPost on new public art legislation in New York City, passed Thursday by the City Council.

The initial stages of the selection process remain unchanged–where a panel of citywide and local art experts accompanied by various agency representatives choose from a list of artists.

However, a subsequent public meeting is now required allowing residents to speak with the panel’s recommended artists about their concepts, according to a spokesman for [Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s] office. [Department of Cultural Affairs] representatives will attend the meetings to take notes.

Read the legislation text here. The bill is waiting for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature.