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    Bernalillo County's Public Art Program was established in 1992 with the adoption of the county’s Art in Public Places Ordinance, enacted in 1992 (revised 1997).

    The program is funded by one percent of the county's general obligation bonds passed during the general election every two years, with the exception of library bonds. Public art projects are associated with these bond initiatives. The ordinance also created the Arts Board, a 10-member appointed advisory board that recommends artworks for public acquisition and display. Two members per district are appointed by their respective county commissioner. 

    The intent of the "Art in Bernalillo County Places" ordinance is to promote and encourage public awareness of the arts and cultural properties and to integrate art into Bernalillo County facilities and structures. The program currently has 400 works of art, most of which can be viewed via the Public Art Collection and Betty Sabo Inventory Interactive Map.

     “Public Art has the power to inspire curiosity, encourage contemplation, facilitate dialogue, foster community engagement, and create a sense of place. Located throughout the county the collection enhances quality of life through the acquisition of exceptional works of art by artists at various career stages.”  Bernalillo County Arts Board Vision Statement

    The county's Public Art Program believes that public art can:

    •  Energize public spaces, inspire thought, and transform live, work and play places
    •  Heighten awareness, question assumptions, transform the landscape, express community values, and help define a community’s  identity
    •  Have an economic benefit for a community by attracting visitors, and by supporting artists and local businesses 

    The county’s Public Art Program is housed in the Cultural Services Department. Please click here for the Public Art Program's unsolicited proposals submission and review guidelines. Please click here for unsolicited proposal criteria. 

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    • Bernalillo County Open Space and Cottonwood Gulch Explorations are hosting Fall Family Fun Days every Sunday through November, noon – 5 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Boulevard NW. Fall Family Fun Days offers free fun for the whole family. Each week includes a new crafts project, outdoor activities and experiments, to help everyone discover the outdoor world. Every month is also a new theme. In September, learn how to identify wildlife by “Tracking.” Families receive tracking guides with molds of animal tracks and scat to discover the activity of local creatures.
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
      Time:
      9/15/2019 12:00 PM - 9/15/2019 5:00 PM

    • Come enjoy this guided nature meditation that includes a short nature walk from the Bachechi Open Space Environmental Education Building to a prime sitting location for sunset. Learn to connect with nature on a deeper level and further develop your own inner stillness through mindfulness meditation in the outdoors. Bring layers appropriate for the weather and either a blanket or camp chair to sit on.
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
      Time:
      9/15/2019 6:00 PM

    • Westside Community Center is offering FREE youth and adult guitar classes from Sept. 9 through Oct. 19! They take place every Sunday fron noon to 1 p.m. and every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call (505) 314-0176 for more information.
      Location:
      Westside Community Center, 250 Isleta Blvd.
      Time:
      9/15/2019 6:30 PM - 9/15/2019 7:30 PM

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