Posted from The Citrus Report
So another election is upon us. November 2, 2010. Its seems like ages ago, we were celebrating in the streets across America over the victory of Barack Obama and simply “Change.” We felt like the world was ours, and Obama could do anything.
This year, most of the local measures have to do with more taxation and have very little imagination or creativity. We here at the Citrus Report would like to propose an idea:
How about politicians use their brains to figure out how to actually think like small business people that have to continually innovate to deal with the very 2-dimensional thinking “Tax It: solution that politicians usually resort to when they can’t maker their budgets.
Here is a gimme for the city of SF: Turn SF into the premier destination to see murals, graffiti and ephemeral art. Why? When the city of Barcelona had liberal laws regarding this type of work, many artists and people who appreciate this type of work, those would actually travel to see graffiti and good murals, would make pilgrimage to Barcelona to see the work.
Why does it make fiscal sense? Because the city doesn’t have to pay SHIT! They pay nada, nothing, zip.We are not talking about a museum. We are talking about smart city planning where the city itself can serve as liaisons between property owners and artists. All we have to look at is the Banksy work showing up around SF and the world and property value going up in conjunction with the work showing up. Property owners won’t have to worry that the art was devaluing their investment, and would see values rise as their homes and businesses are featured as pieces of art.
The fact that the city could, with zero money down, could transform city walls and architecture into huge canvases throughout the city to create work could potentially make it a must-see destination for all art and culture lovers. Cities and cultures thrive with the arts, why not nurture this effect.
What are the residual effects that go along with this simple process:
1) Artists come from throughout the world to your city, creating buzz and expectations
2) If you have the best artists in your city, you capture their creativity to stimulate other surrounding businesses
3) If the work is dynamic enough, the visitor and their word of mouth will touch other people to come and spend money at our restaurants, boutiques, and hotels
Another value of a city wide arts program that we suggest is with great artists coming to the area, a private gallery environment will flourish:
1) More tax dollars on private work being sold
2) More visits from art collectors and wealthier philanthropists from throughout the world will again increase spending and help the city’s other programs
What we feel is that being able to lay claim to the title of “Most interesting public art city in the world” is something you can’t buy. But the good thing is that its a simple nurturing process that most progressive cities, like San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, or Boston, can achieve. It takes forward-thinking, yet rational local politicians to put it into action.
We are not lawyers, politicians, or city planners, but we are positive thinkers who feel that the power of art is something that resonates greater than our city’s borders. Its in the history of society, and its time to push the public art to the forefront of city planning.
Let’s not wait until 2012.
Posted By The Citrus Report