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Bernalillo County's 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 one percent of the county's general obligation bonds passed during the general election every two years, with the exception of library bonds. Public art 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. Two members per district are appointed by their respective county commissioner. 

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 400 works of art, most of which can be viewed via the Public Art Collection and Betty Sabo Inventory Interactive Map.

 “Public Art has the power to inspire curiosity, encourage contemplation, facilitate dialogue, foster community engagement, and create a sense of place. Located throughout the county the collection enhances quality of life through the acquisition of exceptional works of art by artists at various career stages.”  Bernalillo County Arts Board Vision Statement

The county's Public Art Program believes that 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, and by supporting artists and local businesses 

The county’s Public Art Program is housed in the Cultural Services Department. Please click here for the Public Art Program's unsolicited proposals submission and review guidelines. Please click here for unsolicited proposal criteria. 

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  • Kids ages 11-14 are invited to a camp in at Los Vecinos Community Center the night of July 26. Dinner, snacks and breakfast will be provided. The cost is $15, but a potential field trip will have an additional cash-only fee. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks and games for a fun night! Call (505) 314-0240 for more info!
    Location:
    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM-333, Tijeras
    Time:
    7/26/2019 6:00 PM - 7/27/2019 8:00 AM

  • Youth ages 11-19 are invited to participate in our free Teen 3-on-3 basketball program every Friday night from 7-10 June 14 through Aug. 9. Dinner will be served before each event at 6 p.m. with a mandatory life skills workshop at 6:30. Registration begins May 13. For more details contact Ashley Gutierrez at (505) 314-0465.
    Location:
    Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW
    Time:
    7/26/2019 7:00 PM - 7/26/2019 10:00 PM

  • Location:
    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM-333 Tijeras
    Time:
    7/27/2019 10:30 AM - 7/27/2019 1:30 PM

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