Frequently Asked Questions About Public Art League

Here are some questions that we are regularly asked and the answers to them. If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

What is the Public Art League?

The Public Art League is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization who's mission is to promote creativity and improve the community's aesthetic by cultivating awareness and appreciation for public art. The Public Art League is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Participation in the Public Art League is open to everyone.

When did the Public Art League form?

The Public Art League was formed in May 2010 by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Illinois Secretary of State.

How is the Public Art League organized?

The Public Art League is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Executive Officers include a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Officers are elected by the Board to serve a staggered two-year term. The Board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to support and participate in the Public Art League.

Is the Public Art League part of 40 North 88 West?

No. The Public Art League is separate and distinct from 40 North 88 West. However, we do share a common interest of promoting art within our community.

What does the Public Art League do?

The Public Art League focuses its efforts on installing sculptures in public spaces with the goal of creating a permanent collection in our community. Every year we conduct a national call to artists requesting sculpture entries. A jury panel reviews the entries and selects sculptures for potential installation. The Public Art League then conducts a fund-raising campaign to match sculpture locations with sponsors. When sufficient funds have been raised either through individual donations or through a sponsorship, the Public Art League enters a two-year lease contract with the artist.

How is the Public Art League different from other arts organizations?

The Public Art League is a completely volunteer organization. We do not have any paid staff nor any physical facilities to maintain. Aside from insurance and miscellaneous expenses, this enables us to devote virtually all funds received directly to the mission.

Does the Public Art League have any partners?

The Public Art League currently has agreements with Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Champaign Park District, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, University of Illinois and Urbana Park District. These agreements address cost sharing and procedural processes for installing sculptures on public property. The Public Art League also maintains agreements with private entities for the purpose of installing sculptures on private property.

What is the source of the Public Art League's funding?

Thus far, the Public Art League's funding has come from sculpture sales, individual donors, corporate sponsorships, municipal and government sponsorships. The Public Art League is exploring and will apply for grant funding opportunities where possible.

Are the sculptures for sale?

Yes! The sculptures are for sale during the two-year lease term. Sculpture information and pricing is available on the Public Art League website.

Is a donation to the Public Art League tax deductible?

Yes. The Public Art League is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations made to PAL are tax deductible.

Who selects the sculptures?

The Public Art League convenes a jury panel comprised of local arts professionals, artists, board members and city representatives to review and select the sculptures for potential installation. Selection is based upon: artistic excellence and originality, representations of artist’s past works, artistic career and other supporting materials. Appropriateness of the artist’s vision, medium, style, and experience in a public environment is also considered.

 

 

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