Art in Private Development

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The City of Tempe Art in Private Development Ordinance, passed in 1991, has been instrumental in adding more than 80 privately owned artworks to the city, blanketing Tempe's 39.5 square miles with public art that is always accessible. The ordinance requires large, private retail and office developments to commission artwork on their property or support local cultural programs. Public art staff assists developers in identifying artists who specialize in creating integrated or landmark public art. Developers also can choose to fund cultural spaces on their sites, implement their own cultural programs, or support the existing programs of the Cultural Services Division. The result showcases Tempe as a progressive city with a focus on the aesthetic.

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Art in Private Development by Character Area:
Papago/North Tempe

Diablo/Double Butte
Rio Salado/Downtown/ASU
Apache
Central City
Arizona Mills/Emerald Center
Kiwanis/The Lakes
Corona/South Tempe

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