The public art collection currently contains twenty-four works of art that are permanently installed throughout Portland. Several new works were added in 2004. The collection contains works of historical significance that date from the nineteenth century, as well as contemporary pieces that reflect the diversity and spirit of the city.
The Portland Public Art Committee administers the Portland Public Art Program. The responsibilities of the Art Committee are outlined in Article XI of the City Code (Public Art Program). The Art Committee utilizes the Guidelines for the Public Art Ordinance (Volume 1, Number 1 adopted May 2001) for direction in administering their responsibilities.
A key element of the Portland Public Art Program was the establishment of a percent-for-art ordinance. Under that ordinance, the City allocates ½ of 1% of the Citys annual Capital Improvement Project (C.I.P.) budget for the restoration or acquisition of permanent public art.
Information about the Portland Public Art Program can be obtained from Department of Planning and Development, City of Portland, 389 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101, 207-874-8723, email@example.com or by visiting the Public Art Committee website at www.publicartportland.org.