CCT: Art In Public Spaces

{Jim Sanborn}
Circulating Capital, by Jim Sanborn, is located outside the Robert C. Vance Academic Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain.

As part of the current two-year state budget adopted by the Governor and the General Assembly, funding for the 1% for Art program was removed.  Due to this change, DECD/DAS will commission or purchase new works of art for only those publicly accessible state buildings fully allocated for construction, including issuance of a Notice to Proceed, prior to 12/31/17.


Any projects in pre-design or design phases are exempt from the Art in Public Spaces Program regardless of the amount of the 1% for Art allocated; any remaining portion of the 1% for Art allocation shall be returned to the state and not added to the construction allocation.


About the Art in Public Spaces (AIPS) Program
's Art in Public Spaces (AIPS) program was established by the General Assembly in 1978, the Art in Public Spaces program requires that not less than 1% of the cost of construction or renovation of publicly accessible state buildings be allocated for the commission or purchase of artwork for that building. Nearly 400 works have been commissioned since the programís inception.  The works represent a wide variety of media, including sculpture, wall relief, environmental installation, painting, and photography; and range in scale from works on paper to monumental murals.

Art in Public Spaces components include: the Art in Public Spaces Artist Registry - a database of artists interested in being considered for Connecticut public art projects; the Connecticut Artists Collection - works of art by distinguished Connecticut artists that tour the state; Maintenance and Conservation Ė conservation services of all artworks purchased and commissioned since 1978.

The purpose of the Art in Public Spaces (AIPS) program is to provide the citizens of Connecticut
with an improved public environment by investing in creative works of high quality for public buildings. The program adds visibility to the cultural heritage of the state and its people.

Connecticut was among the first states to enact legislation that included works of contemporary art with the construction or remodeling of state buildings. Twenty-seven states and over 300 municipalities legislatively allocate some portion of building costs for art acquisition. In Connecticut, public art programs also exist in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and New Britain

The implementation of the Art in Public Spaces program is the responsibility of the Connecticut Office of the Arts in consultation with the Connecticut Division of Construction Services.   


Artist Selection Process & Artist Eligibility 

Public Art Opportunities & Project Updates

Art in Public Spaces Sites

Recent Installations

CT 1% for Art Legislation

Public Art Resources

Public Art in Connecticut Communities: an ongoing PDF PowerPoint documenting various public artworks around Connecticut.

State Policy Briefs "Tools for Arts Decision Making, Percent for Art" developed by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. 

Past COA initiative that facilitated public art across Connecticut - City Canvas

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