Philly’s Percent for Art Program

Percent for Art

We are always extremely happy whenever we learn something new and amazing about the City of Philadelphia. Recently, Mike McCann Team Agent and Philly enthusiast, Pam Rosser Thistle, directed our attention to the Percent for Arts Program and we were blown away. In 1959, Philadelphia introduced an ordinance that required a percent of all building costs for all municipal projects to be used for fine arts efforts. Thanks to this program, the city has a huge collection of well-maintained public art. Philadelphia was the first city to introduce a program of this kind and it is currently managed by the the City of Philadelphia Public Art Office and supported by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

Here are some of our favorite Percent for Arts installations around the city.

Check here for a full list.

Three Bears (Delancey Street between 3rd & 4th Streets)

Society Hill

Clothespin (15th and Market)

Center City

Open Air Aquarium (Columbus Boulevard)

Columbus Blvd

Wave Forms (34th & Chestnut Street)

University City

This is just a small sample of all of the artistic displays and programs that Philly has to offer. We strongly recommend that you hit the streets, explore some of these sights and discover all that Philly’s art and culture scene has to offer.

Written by Patrick Kaisinger (Mike McCann Team Blogger Extraordinaire)

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