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Public Art Projects for Boise in FY 2016: 37 Local Artists, $1.4 Million



When the Boise City Council meets in a work session Tuesday, Sept. 29, members will receive get an update on the city's public art projects slated for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins Thursday, Oct. 1.

Currently the Boise City Department of Arts and History is working on 42 different projects with 37 artists—92 percent of the artists are local. The project value for all pending public art for FY 2016 tops $1.4 million, which will come primarily from the city's Percent-for-Art program as well as funding through neighborhood reinvestment grants, enterprise funds for public works projects and the Capital City Development Corporation.

Among the projects in the pipeline for FY 2016 are designs for four Boise fire stations (Nos. 4, 5, 8 and 9) and a new firefighter training facility at a total cost of $162,000 (funded through percent-for-art); designs for the currently-under-construction downtown transit facility at City Center Plaza at a total cost of $114,000 (funded through CCDC and the City Capital Fund); and art pieces for the newly redesigned Rhodes Skate Park, which will cost $2000,000 (funded through the City Department of Parks and Recreation budget).

Still on hold, while the city revisits its open competitive-bidding process, is $97,500 earmarked for 36 separate traffic box art-wrap fabrications. The Department of Arts and History says it hopes to complete the art-wraps within FY 2016.