|"Sun Mask" artwork being installed at City Hall by artist, Don Redman. Photo by Paula Scott|
Maybe you've seen the acronym, AIPP before or, perhaps you've never heard of it before. The acronym stands for Art In Public Places Program. If you've visited the Rotunda at the State Capitol and noticed the rather impressive and stunning artwork everywhere in the building, know that it was primarily the AIPP funding that was responsible for a majority of that collection.
To explain further, the following excerpt is taken from the New Mexico Art in Public Places website (with permission to republish):
"The mission of the Art in Public Places program is to enrich New Mexico’s communities through innovative and diverse public art.
AIPP Program Description
Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, the program has placed more than 2,500 works of art in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties (Rio Rancho received its first two pieces several years ago). The goal of the AIPP is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.
Through a fair and open public process, committees made up of local and regional representatives work with New Mexico Arts staff to select artwork for their communities. The Art in Public Places program then commissions large-scale projects that are designed for integration directly into the architecture of a building, or the program purchases existing original artwork to be placed in public buildings permanently or on loan.
Here is a brief overview of the One Percent (1%) for Art legislation and the process employed to select works of art for communities throughout New Mexico (an AIPP Project Coordinator is assigned to every project and facilitates the art selection process):
In 1986, the New Mexico State Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law the Art in Public Places Act (Sections 13-4A-1 through 13-4A-11 NMSA 1978, as amended). This legislation declares it to be "a policy of the State that a portion of appropriations for capital expenditures be set aside for the acquisition or commissioning of works of art to be used in, upon or around public buildings" (Section 13-4A-2, NMSA 1978). The resulting Art in Public Places (AIPP) Program is often referred to as the One Percent (1%) for Art Program because of the requirement in the law that:
For each appropriation exceeding one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), agencies shall allocate as a nondeductible item an amount of money equal to one percent or two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000), whichever is less, of all eligible capital projects. These funds are to be expended for the acquisition and installation of works of art to be placed “in, upon or around” the new building or the building in which the major renovation is to occur. (Section 13-4A-4, NMSA 1978)
Art in Public Places funds can be expended for the following purposes:
The works of art acquired pursuant to the Art in Public Places Act may be an integral part of the building, attached to the building, detached within or outside the structure or placed on public lands, part of a temporary exhibition or loaned or exhibited by the agency in other public facilities. (Section 13-4A-6 NMSA 1978)
The New Mexico Arts, a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is designated in the Art in Public Places Act as the agency to administer the AIPP program. This entails establishing policies and procedures for the selection and acquisition of artworks."
You can find out in more detail the procedures that have been developed that provide a general framework for selecting artists and artworks acquired for the state’s public art collection at: http://www.nmarts.org/art-in-public-places.html
As our city grows, residents in Rio Rancho can expect the city's public art collection to grow. Understanding how each piece of public art was funded and how the art was selected is important too. Some works of art will be funded through the state's AIPP and some will result through the city's 1% for the arts ordinance. The ordinance requires that an amount equal to one percent (1%) of capital improvement bond proceeds is reserved for acquisition of art for public places in the city. In the future, when capital improvement bonds are issued for Rio Rancho, 1% for the arts will be designated as a result of the 2010 1% Delma M. Petrullo Ordinance.
In the meantime, Rio Rancho can expect another piece of public art to appear in City Center as the installation process for this work started on August 3rd. The artwork is being installed in what was intended to be the reflecting pond just outside of the council chambers at City Hall. This project was funded through the state's AIPP and should be completed by the end of September (with a ribbon cutting date to be announced). Look for a 'sequel' to this article that will explain the process of how this piece of artwork was selected in an upcoming article.