Tulsa, OK Arts Commission

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Tulsa, OK, US

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Type: Municipal Code

Status: Adopted

Source File: http://www.cityoftulsa.org/OurCity/Ordinances/Title5.asp#Chapter3




The Arts Commission of the City of Tulsa is created for the purposes of:

A. Providing for the government of the City of Tulsa and for its citizens a continuing source of respected and talented opinion and advice concerning public matters having aesthetic implications in order to ensure that the City of Tulsa will grow more beautiful as it expands;

B. Emphasizing positive measures for the pursuit of beauty and thus avoiding undue reliance upon prohibitions and restrictions;

C. Stimulating superior aesthetic quality in all phases of the physical development of the community; and

D. Assuming such other duties as the Mayor and Council may from time to time assign.
Ord. No. 16527

The Commission shall be composed of eleven (11) members appointed by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Council. Four shall be lay members and the others shall include a musician, two architects, one landscape architect and three representatives from the Arts Council of Tulsa. The Chairmen of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the City-County Library Board, and the Tulsa Park and Recreation Board shall be advisory members of the Commission. The Mayor shall select persons of recognized public stature with demonstrated capabilities in their fields and who are interested in the aesthetic quality of the City of Tulsa. In instances where matters within the purview of the Commission fall within the jurisdiction of any governmental entity or agency not a part of the government of the City of Tulsa, such as an Independent School District, the chief administrative officer of the affected entity or agency shall be added to the membership of the Commission during consideration of the individual project in which his agency is concerned. Such temporary membership shall not entitle the member to vote. Members of the Arts Commission shall serve until December 1, 1990.

Subsequently, one-third (1/3) of the members shall be appointed for terms of one (1) year; one-third (1/3) for terms of two (2) years; and one-third (1/3) for terms of three (3) years. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for three (3) year terms; provided, however, that all members shall hold office until their successors are appointed and qualified. Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation and no member shall receive any compensation from the City or from any trust, donation or legacy for any service relating to membership on the Commission.


A. No work of art shall be contracted for, commissioned, placed or erected on property of the City, or become the property of the City by purchase, gift or otherwise, except for any museum or gallery, unless such work of art, or a design or model of the same as required by the Arts Commission, together with proposed location of such work of art, shall first have been submitted to the Arts Commission, and the written recommendations and comments of the Arts Commission shall have been received and considered by the Mayor. The term "work of art" as used in this instance shall include paintings, mural decorations, stained glass, statues, bas-reliefs or other sculptures, monuments, fountains, arches or other structures of a permanent or temporary character intended for ornament or commemoration. No existing work of art in the possession of the City shall be removed, relocated or altered in any way without the approval of the Arts Commission, except as otherwise provided herein.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to limit or abridge the legal powers and duties of the governing body of the Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art.

B. The aesthetic design of any new buildings or revisions or renovations to existing buildings or any new or renovated elements of the City's infrastructures or amenities to be erected upon lands belonging to the City of Tulsa and costing in excess of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) shall be reviewed by the Arts Commission within sixty (60) days of submittal, and the written recommendations of the Commission shall be received and considered by the board or agency responsible for such design.

C. All monuments, sculpture and paintings belonging to the City may periodically be examined by the Arts Commission, and detailed recommendations for their cleaning, maintenance and repair shall be made to the Mayor; provided, however, this provision shall not apply to the Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art.

D. No permanent commercial enterprise shall be placed or erected in any building owned by the City or on property of the City unless such commercial enterprise, or a design or model of the same as required by the Arts Commission, together with a proposed location of such commercial enterprise, has been submitted to the Arts Commission, and the written recommendations and comments of the Arts Commission shall have been received and considered by the Mayor. In the event a policy for the location and design of commercial enterprises for a specific building or property has been reviewed by the Arts Commission and approved by the Mayor, review and approval by the Arts Commission and Mayor of individual commercial enterprises shall not be required. The term "commercial enterprise" as used in this instance shall include concessions, refreshment and gift stands, book stands, advertising promotions, displays and exhibits of any kind.

E. The Arts Commission shall review, at least once a year, allocations made pursuant to this chapter and shall make recommendations on whether or not to expend appropriations and for which projects.
Ord. No. 16527

The Arts Commission shall:

A. Work with public boards, agencies and authorities in establishing environmental goals for projects and shall assist the City of Tulsa in the evaluation of redevelopment proposals;

B. Work closely with the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission in ensuring aesthetic quality and design in Planning Commission projects, and in developing high quality visual environment; the periphery of publicly-owned property shall receive the particular attention of the Arts Commission;

C. Work closely with the Tulsa Park and Recreation Department in developing a program of beautification along public thoroughfares with appropriate landscape treatment, plantings maintenance and design of amenities, all intended to promote beauty, to preserve and enhance property values on existing streets and public spaces, and to stimulate similar private efforts;

D. Offer advice or suggestions to the owners of private property in relation to the beautification of the property; any person planning to erect any building or make any improvement may submit the plans and designs or sketches thereof to the Arts Commission for advice and suggestions, for which no charge shall be made by the Arts Commission;

E. Advise the Mayor of such other proposals for the use and preservation of buildings and objects of historical, architectural or cultural significance;

F. Make to the Mayor such other proposals as it deems constructive toward the preservation and improvement of the physical beauty of the City;

G. Make application for grants in the name of the City of Tulsa, as appropriate and with the approval of the Mayor, for art-related purposes in keeping with the purposes of the Arts Commission; and

H. Offer advice and suggestions to any City department, agency or trust which requests advice and counsel.
Ord. No. 16527

The Arts Commission shall develop its comments and recommendations upon any matter submitted to it involving an expenditure of less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) within fifteen (15) days after submission and upon any other matter within thirty (30) days after submission. If such comments and recommendations are not completed within the times herein established, consideration thereof shall be unnecessary.

Unless otherwise restricted, appropriations designated for expenditures on the recommendation of the Arts Commission shall be integrated and held in escrow by the City until expended. The Arts Commission shall oversee the expenditure of all appropriations made by the Council to the Commission for the advancement of visual and performing arts. Any interest accrued on unexpended funds may be used by the City upon recommendation by the Arts Commission for art-related purposes. "Art-related purposes" shall be construed so as to include such items other than those listed in Subsection 302.A. of this chapter. Ord. No. 16527

The Arts Commission shall create and fill such offices as it may determine are necessary for the performance of its functions. It shall hold at least one regular meeting in each month. It shall adopt rules for the transaction of business and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations.

The facilities, personnel and agencies of the municipal government are directed to be made available to the Commission, and at all times such personnel, agencies and officers shall cooperate with the Arts Commission to accomplish the objectives and purposes herein set forth.


A. No less than one percent (1%) of the total cost of any new buildings or major revisions to existing buildings to be constructed or erected on property owned by the City, utilizing public funds, shall be budgeted and expended for works of art as defined in Subsection 302.A., above. Such works of art shall be reviewed and approved by the Arts Commission as provided herein.

B. Consideration shall be given to the location, quality and character of works of art to be utilized in connection with new buildings or major revisions to existing buildings used for the proposed juvenile detention facility at 315 South Gilcrease Museum Road or the adult detention facility at 1727 Charles Page Boulevard, in such a way as to lessen the negative impact such facilities may have to the neighborhoods in which they are located. Nothing herein, however, shall require that said work of art be located at the facility.
Ord. Nos. 16527, 17691