In the City of North Las Vegas, some are thinking how art can help the city pull out from the recession through a visual and performing arts initiative funded by public/private partnerships. A steering committee met last week for the first time, says an art source.
With no set timeline, North Las Vegas city council will be presented with ideas, which one can assume would include public art. Council will ultimately make the decision if a new city-sponsored program is one way to catch up with Las Vegas and Henderson.
Beleaguered by lost tax base, and a threat of bankruptcy, as reported in the Las Vegas Sun, the city is open to any ideas that can help a recovery.
The local models are Clark County Arts Commission covering Southern Nevada, and the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission.
Even the City of Henderson is shifting around department duties that will allow their public art programming to grow.
Commissioning works with their own public art programming is McCarran International Airport and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). On highways, the Nevada Department of Transportation, runs their version of Public Art through their Landscapes & Aesthetics Program.
The Strip is outside the city limits of Las Vegas, and the dominate public art there is CityCenter's Fine Art Program.
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