Category Archives: CPA: Funding and Ownership

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Above Image: Flamingo – by Alexander Calder Commissioned by General Services Administration [GSA] Art in Architecture [AIA] program

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"The psychologists and efficiency experts now find that beauty increases productivity. It necessarily follows that true functionalism in man-made edifices must include artistic expression. Sterility and her handmaiden, monotony, must be banished.” Those are the...

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Chicago Gateway Green: International Sculpture Program

  Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago's expressway, gateways, and neighborhood. It was founded in 1986 by Donald J. Deporter, former CEO of Hyatt Hotels, on the belief that beauty and sustainability go hand-in-hand. They work for urban beautification and greening projects through sustainable landscaping, litter removal and...
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Above Image: Monument to the Great Northern Migration - by Alison Saar

The King Drive Gateway Project

Dedicated: 1996

Funded by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. It allotted $10 million to rehabilitate King Drive. The allotment included $500,000 for a design element that would later become known as the Public Art of...

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Above Image: Haymarket Memorial – by Mary Brogger

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The public art collection of the city of Chicago is overseen by the Visual Art department under Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE]. DCASE is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. There are many departments working under DCASE like Fashion, Design and...

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Public Art is free for all to enjoy. But it doesn't come for free. There's a [usually huge] price-tag attached, and someone picks up the tab. I have previously talked about funding of Public Art in Chicago. And post is specifically on the sculptures funded by the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund.. When Benjamin Franklin Ferguson died in 1905, through his will, he left $1 million of charitable trust...
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