Art in Public Spaces Policy

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    Public Records Officer
    Sno-Isle Libraries
    7312 35th Ave NE
    Marysville, WA 98271-7417
    Phone: 360-651-7026/ Fax: 360-651-7151
    publicrecordsofficer@sno-isle.org 

    The more precisely you can identify the record(s) you seek, the more responsive the Library can be. You do not need to state the purpose of your request. However, in an effort to clarify or prioritize a request and provide responsive documents, the Public Records Officer may inquire about the nature or scope of the request. 

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Sno-Isle Libraries Board Policy

Purpose

To provide direction on the purchase or commission and placement of art in public spaces in Sno-Isle Libraries (Library District) that reflect the ever-evolving needs and interests of the communities served by the Library District.

Scope

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees (Board of Trustees) recognizes that art in libraries contributes to the Library District’s vision, mission, values, and goals. Art enhances the library experience by creating positive public environments as well as reflecting our legacy, and the diversity of our communities. The presence of art in public spaces contributes to the vitality of the communities we serve and stimulates creativity, imagination, and interest.

The Board of Trustees supports the placement of works of art in buildings and on library property throughout the Library District. The purchase or commission of all forms of original art or copies of original art may be considered. The Library District supports fundraising for art in public spaces by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and / or local Friends of the Library groups.

The Library District adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom, adopted by the American Library Association, as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements.

Implementation

Definitions

The Executive Director (or designee) together with the Director of Community Libraries (or designee) may establish Art Selection Panels for capital building projects to consider prospective purchases or commissions of artwork. The Art Selection Panel will include members of the community and reflect its diversity. Commissioned or purchased art will be selected based on criteria in the Library District’s Public Art Guidelines which include the following considerations:

  • The quality and elements of design celebrate, explore, and include the diverse histories and cultures of the community. The art complements and enhances the building and its purpose. The art is designed for a publicly visible and accessible area and may establish a focal point, modify, or enhance a space or identify a building function.
  • The style, nature, and durability of the art shall be appropriate in scale, material, form, and content for the library environment. The art shall be able to withstand theft, vandalism, and exposure to the environment.
  • The cost of installation and maintenance, including both start-up and ongoing cleaning and maintenance, as well as any security issues.
  • Art that creates unsafe conditions or contains other factors that may bear on public liability will not be purchased or commissioned.

Artwork is purchased or commissioned by the Library District with the understanding that it may not be permanent additions to the Library District and may be decommissioned or moved in the future. The surplus of works of art shall be approved by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Library District’s Capitalized Asset / Small and Attractive Asset Management policy. Works that are not able to be removed from a library may be destroyed by deconstructing or painting over the item.

Associated Policies and Laws

Process

This policy is reviewed every four (4) years by the Executive Director (or designee), who makes recommendations to the appropriate Board committee. The committee reviews the recommendations, revises the policy as necessary and appropriate, endorses, and advances the policy to the full Board for approval.

Policy History

Date approved: September 18, 2023
Next review date: 2027
Adopted: September 18, 2023

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    • Questions? A member of our Administrative Center staff can also help direct your call. Call us at 360-651-7000 (local) or 877-766-4753 (toll-free), Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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    • Text your questions to (360) 810-5188. Text assistance is available Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm. Please include your name and telephone number in your initial message. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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  • Sno-Isle Libraries provides access to its public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act RCW 42.56, the Public Records Policy, and the Public Records Request Administrative Policy.  

    The Library makes a variety of records available online, including, but not limited to: 

    Other records maintained by the Library are available for public inspection or copy, unless specifically exempted by law.  

    Use of the Library’s Public Records Request form is the most efficient way to make a request; however, its use isn’t required for a request to be processed. Requests may be submitted in person, via mail, email, or phone. To best assist you, include the following information: 

    • Contact information of requester 
    • Identification of the public records adequate to locate the records 
    • Whether you wish to inspect the records in person and/or purchase physical or digital copies 
    • The date and time of day of the request 

    Anyone wishing to inspect or receive a copy of the Library’s public records or seeking assistance in making such a request should contact the Library’s Public Records Officer: 

    Public Records Officer
    Sno-Isle Libraries
    7312 35th Ave NE
    Marysville, WA 98271-7417
    Phone: 360-651-7026/ Fax: 360-651-7151
    publicrecordsofficer@sno-isle.org 

    The more precisely you can identify the record(s) you seek, the more responsive the Library can be. You do not need to state the purpose of your request. However, in an effort to clarify or prioritize a request and provide responsive documents, the Public Records Officer may inquire about the nature or scope of the request. 

  • Contact us for assistance.

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