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Funding the Arts

If you're a downtown developer who's working on a project that's at least 25,000 square feet in size, you're required to spend 1% of construction costs on on-site public artwork. But maybe not for long, reports SF Gate. New legislation would amend the planning to give developers the option to instead contribute some or all of the fee to a new Public Artwork Trust Fund. The San Francisco Arts Commission would oversee the fund, which would be dedicated to the "creation, installation, exhibition, conservation, preservation and restoration of temporary and permanent public art and capital improvements," according to the legislation. [SF Gate/photo via Sergio]