In 1967, Hawai'i established an Art in Public Places program, which appropriates a portion of capital construction money for the purchase of artwork for public buildings and projects. Over the years, other states adopted similar programs, also known as public art or percent for art. Currently there are 25 states with active programs that foster access to the arts and increase the aesthetic value of public places. (North Carolina and Wisconsin had but no longer have programs. Information about the former programs is available upon request. Oklahoma's program is on hiatus.) The role of state arts agencies varies and may include serving as an advisor, managing artist rosters, maintaining the state art collection, commissioning artworks and selecting installation sites.
of State Percent for Art Programs.
For each state listed, this page includes a description of the artist selection process, where funds come from and the state arts agency role as well as links and contact information.
The Percent for Art Policy Brief summarizes state level percent for art policy and program trends. It is designed to equip arts leaders, cultural advocates and policymakers with a succinct overview of how these policies can work and what factors should be taken into account by any state considering changes to its current policies.
for each state's program is available upon
Artists looking for more information should directly contact the programs listed below.