In 2021, the City of Roanoke began a pilot public/private partnership strategy to encourage public facing art on private property. Dubbed ART IN PLACE, the program requires a 2 to 1 match provided by the property owner and a neighborhood or business association.
To date, three projects have received approval from the Roanoke Arts Commission:
The Roanoke Arts Commission plans to continue dedicating a small amount of Percent for Art funds to advance murals, sculpture, and other public-facing art installations on private property. City investment in projects averages around $3,000. To be eligible, a project design must have formal RAC approval.
Once property owners begin looking into it, they realize that an arts element can be a small part of a project budget, and it can be entirely feasible without City contribution. In that case, the Roanoke Arts Commission is happy to help develop calls, promote calls, and help celebrate completed projects.
For an art project that does not include a signage element and in which the City is not investing, a property owner doesn’t have to work with the City at all. The project does not need RAC approval!
To begin a conversation about a project on your property, contact Douglas Jackson at 540-853-5652.