Public art is any sculpture, painting, drawing, and alike that is displayed so that it can be accessed by the general public free of cost. A broader definition of public art includes street musicians and street performers. Public art is financed privately and by municipalities. The use of taxpayer money on public art installations prompts some to wonder if public art really matters?
Public Art Matters Economically
Located in North Adams, Massachusetts MASS MoCA covers 13 acres that include a formerly abandoned building. That building has in part been converted into an art installation. Since its opening MASS MoCA has generated $15 million in revenue for North Adams and increased the value of surrounding properties by $14 million.
In conjunction with Partners in Tourism, The Travel Industry Association of America studied the impact the arts have on tourism. The study concluded that annually 65% of tourists make cultural activities a …