Public art has the power to transform, connect, educate and involve. Through collaborative community processes public art can change attitudes and perceptions. It engages our senses and creates an experience or place where people want to be.
Public Art programs help create a community’s identity and attract people; often becoming an icon for a neighborhood or city which in turn can drive economic development.
Johnson County 1% Public Art Program
Dedicated on July 13, 2011, the Youth & Family Services building was the first Johnson County Government 1% for Public Art project. The artist, Suikang Zhao, worked with students from Youth and Family Services to design and create this relief wall.
How the Program Works
The Johnson County Government 1% Public Art Program was established in 2006 by the Board of County Commissioners. The Arts Council of Johnson County served as the lead advocate for the new program. The Program is funded through allocation of a percentage of revenue generated by County capital building projects. The Program commits 1% of the capital cost of County building projects to commissioning and installing works of art.
The Public Art Commission (PAC), comprising community volunteers appointed by the members of the BOCC is established by the Program legislation. The PAC serves as both advisory commission to the Board of Commissioners and manager of the Public Art Program. The PAC administers the selection process for artists and artworks and recommends final selections to the BOCC, makes recommendations for educational and promotional activities, and advises on Collections Management Policy for the growing collection of County-owned works of art.