Percent For Art and Other Art Projects

Philadelphia is home to an unparalleled collection of public art in every medium – sculptures, paintings, memorials, photographs, glass art, kinetic works, and murals. Over 650 of these artworks were commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art Programs. Sign up to receive Percent for Art related news. Click on the map below to explore these artworks.

PHDC (formerly PRA’s) Percent For Art Background:

The City of Philadelphia was the first city in the United States to adopt programs for acquiring and commissioning works of contemporary public art for new development. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) pioneered the Percent for Art Program in March 1959, becoming the first program in the United States to make the commissioning of public art an integral part of any publicly funded development. The program has commissioned over 350 works of public art have been installed in all areas of the city. On October 14, 2020, PRA’s Board of Directors authorized the transfer of management and control of the Program to PHDC. The City of Philadelphia also has it’s own Percent for Art program that commissioned over 300 works of public art. More information on both programs can be found here and here.

RFQ for Festival Pier, $1.1 million Percent for Art Opportunity

Project Overview
PHDC and the development team of Haverford properties and Jefferson Apartment Group announce a two stage process by which we will award and commission public artwork  at the Riverview development to be located at Festival Pier, at Spring Garden Street and Columbus Boulevard. The Property is being developed in coordination with the Percent for Art Program, which requires developers building on land acquired from the public sector to commit one percent (1%) of their construction costs to original, site-specific works of art. The Art Budget for the Project is one million, one hundred thousand dollars ($1,100,000). Click here.

Percent for Art Committee Members

Margot Berg
Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
Peter Crawford

Ofelia Garcia
Germaine Ingram
Christine Marsal

Louis Massiah
Laura Spina

With questions or for more information contact Katherine Liss at katherine.liss@phila.gov.

Percent for Art Policy – September 15 2021: Review the full Percent for Art Program policy.

ARTisPHL

ARTisPHL is a competition for Philadelphia-based artists at all experience levels working in any medium. There were three rounds, with awards at each round: Ideas, Impact, and Implementation. To read more about the program and the talented artists that participated visit ArtisPHL.com.

PHDC and The Knight Foundation Announce the Three Final Awardees selected for Group 2, Round 3 of ARTisPHL – Public Art to Empower, Connect and Engage Communities

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