Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program. Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source. Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on cuts to Ann Arbor's Public Art program.
A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves contract was then rejected.
Council member Jack Eaton expects to bring the contract back up for a vote after final approval of the amendment to the public art ordinance to allow old "Percent for Art" funds to be returned. Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.
Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed. However she thinks a clean break needs to be made between the old program and one where the city partners with a non-profit organization.
Chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Bob Miller says a change would be good but it appears city council is holding public art administrator Aaron Seagraves hostage over the funding debate.
Mayor John Hieftje is disappointed with council's vote on the administrator, and fears they may lose him even if the contract extension is approved in two weeks.
Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:
Ann Arbor may spend nearly $13 million in the hopes of ultimately keeping a State Street property on the tax rolls. City Council Monday will consider a resolution to use their right of first refusal to purchase the Edwards Brothers property instead of it being sold to the University of Michigan.
Another pair of items on the agenda will have a big impact on the future of public art in the city. Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow uncommitted percent for art funds return to their source. Several council members have pushed for this move in the past, but others say the money is needed as the Public Art Commission looks to move to a new funding model relying on donations.
A six month contract extension for Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves was postponed two weeks ago and will be considered again. The delay was designed to have his contract considered at the same time the funding issue would be debated.
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Ann Arbor's Public Art Commission has unanimously passed a resolution in support of placing a millage issue on the November ballot specifically designed to raise money for Public Art. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.