The Bernalillo County 1% Public Art Program was established in 1992 with the adoption of the County’s Art in Public Places Ordinance, enacted in 1992 (revised 1997). The Program is funded by 1% of the County general obligation bonds passed during the general election every two years (excepting library bonds). Projects are associated with these bond initiatives.
The ordinance also created the Arts Board, a 10 member appointed advisory board that recommends artworks for public acquisition and display. Members are appointed by Commissioners, two from each District.
The intent of the Art in Bernalillo County Places ordinance is to promote and encourage public awareness of the arts and cultural properties and to integrate art into Bernalillo County facilities and structures.
The program currently has over 176 works of art and most can be viewed through the Public Art Interactive Map link to the left.
Public Art can: * Energize public spaces, inspire thought, and transform live, work and play places * Heighten awareness, question assumptions, transform the landscape, express community values, and help define a community’s identity * Have an economic benefit for a community–by attracting visitors & supporting artists and local businesses
The County’s 1% Public Art Program is housed in the Cultural Services Department.
Call for Artists - for a work of art on Route 66, in front of the Hiland Theater
The Bernalillo County Arts Board, National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM) and ABQ Ride seek preliminary ideas for a "1% For Art" project. The proposal includes an exterior artwork and artist-designed bus shelter for the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque, N.M., on "Historic Route 66". The established budget for this project is $120,000.
The county Arts Board anticipates proposals that consider the newly redeveloped exterior of the historic Hiland Theater and may incorporate a sense of movement. This is a regional call, open competition, RFP for artists and/artists teams legally residing in Route 66 states, including and limited to: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. The Artist Selection Committee will offer a stipend for preliminary design concepts for up to three finalists; stipend funds of $1,000 per selected finalist are available.
This RFP closes at 5 p.m. MST on Jan. 14, 2014.
- To view and/or apply for the RFP, please click here.
- To see the site plan, please click here.