To develop a reasonable and responsive guide for the implementation of the Art in Public Places Ordinance, the Albany Arts Committee recommended the creation of a Public Arts Master Plan.
Well-executed public art can create a sense of place, a focal point and a destination. While the general "how" is outlined in the ordinance, the Albany Public Arts Master Plan creates a "roadmap" with planned uses for key sites and establishes priorities that reflect the community's particularities. The core of the plan is a survey of sites by geographic locations where opportunities for public art could occur. For each site, criteria has been established such as site ownership, funding source, time (permanent or temporaray) and media such as sculpture, flatwork, tile, mural, glass, and media art.
The Albany Public Arts Master Plan offers a proactive vision for public art that can complement other planning processes and efforts. It will be used by the Arts Committee to enliven Albany with works of visual and media arts and thereby enrich the lives of its citizens.