Virtual Conversation: Arts in Transit & Transportation Projects

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Arts in Transit & Transportation Projects

A Review & Discussion of New Federal Changes Impacting the Arts in Local Transit and Transportation Projects in Your Communities & What You Can Do

Join us to learn about the recently approved Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act impacting federally funded transit projects. During this virtual conversation, Americans for the Arts staff will review our current understanding of the changes to arts transit projects and participants will be invited to join the conversation and share feedback on how these changes may impact their local programs.

This Virtual Conversation will use a combination of a webinar platform and conference line. The number will be provided at the beginning of the program.

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*This virtual conversation is free and open to all.



Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts


Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts

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  • PL

    Since the 1970s the US DOT has supported design and art excellence in transit projects via "guidelines" outlined in circulars, such as FTA Circular 9400.1A. The federal legislation that funded transit too date (including MAP21) never referenced public art because FTA et al did not have a "policy" requiring and funding art. However, they have always had guidelines supporting art and recommending funding but left the decisions to the transit agency based on FTA guideline recommending a minimum of one half of 1% and not to exceed 5% be allocated to art. Now, after 40 years of support, the FAST ACT prohibits the funding of art.

    My understanding is that the local funds that match the federal grant funds to totally fund the transit project are subject to the federal regulations (FAST ACT.) Pallas Lombardi

  • SM

    Looking for further clarification on how FAST Act prohibits federal transit funding from paying for art and/or non-functional landscaping elements of a transit project - can local funds be used - within the project or as a betterment? How does this relate to the FTA recommendation of 1-5% of project budget be used for public art?



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