GSA Supports National Arts and Humanities Month
(Photo: Suspended Light Pillars)
Throughout the year the Rocky Mountain Region U.S. General Services Administration recognizes and supports the arts and especially so during October when the country celebrates Arts & Humanities Month in America. At this time, the Rocky Mountain Region GSA has approximately $2.2 million dollars worth of art commissioning underway. Artists, type of art, and installation locations include:
- James Carpenter, installing a sculpture at the new Salt Lake City Courthouse, UT
- Andrea Zittel, installing a sculpture at the Denver Federal Center, Lakewood, CO
- Monica Ponce de Leon, installing a sculpture at the new Billings Federal Courthouse, MT
- Angela Babby, installing stained glass at the new Billings Federal Courthouse, MT
- Liz Larmer, installing a sculpture at the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building & Courthouse in Denver, CO
“GSA’s art collection adds not only vibrancy to public spaces, it also captures a moment in time of our history,” says Sue Damour, Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator. “Story telling is how we communicate our history which often happens verbally; however, sometimes it can be even more compelling when told though art.”
Since re-launching in 1972, GSA commissioned 408 artworks through the Art in Architecture Program, approximately 35 of which are displayed in GSA’s Rocky Mountain six-state region. GSA’s Art in Architecture Program melds the creative work of the finest artists in America with that of the nation’s top architects and construction firms. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.
The arts have played a significant role in shaping our country’s culture and legacy. Art in all its forms often challenges us to consider new perspectives and to rethink how we see the world. Something many don’t consider is how the arts contribute to the country’s economy. According to recent research that was conducted on behalf of the Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $135.2 billion dollars of economic activity. That economic activity had a significant impact on the nation's economy, supporting 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs, and generating $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments.
Musicians, artists, and poets all contribute to shaping our great Nation’s economy and culture. GSA helps make the arts accessible to the public as well as demonstrate its support for it. For more information, take a virtual art tour of some of our downtown Denver art work. Go to: www.pinterest.com/usgsa