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Langley reviews public arts plan

Public art is coming to Langley.

The city council will review an ordinance that would create the Langley Arts Commission at the council meeting Monday, Feb. 3.

Oversight of planning, design, solicitation and selection of artists and public art installations will be the group’s main charge. Funding for public art will come from a built-in 1 percent for all Langley capital projects.

Its other tasks include advising the mayor and the city council on promoting arts in Langley, partnerships between the city and arts organizations and managing arts events and education.

Langley’s mayor will appoint seven members to the commission, to be confirmed by the city council. Three of the members must live within city limits; three must be practicing artists; one a professional designer; one an art gallery representative in Langley; one an arts organization staff member; and a business owner in Langley.

Four of the commission terms will be for three years and three for two years.

Capital projects include any work which costs more than $5,000 paid for by the city.

In addition to overseeing capital project art, the commission would establish a public art program to plan, design, fund and implement installations in the city.

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