Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC)

Frequently Asked Questions

How will public art create income or jobs for the mid valley?

National arts advocacy agency Americans for the Arts has found that nationwide, an average cultural event attendee spends $24.60 per event, not including the cost of admission. This is money spent from hiring a baby sitter, to buying gas to get to the event, to people going out to other businesses for dinner or shopping after the event, etc. The arts are a proven method of building business in towns everywhere.


What is the expected return on investment?

BPAC is funded by the Basalt Town Council through the annual budget process.  This is an investment that will return far more than what we can endeavor by simply being here in the mountains.  Did you know that a work of art increases activity five times more than a simple bench located in the same place?


What is a public art commission?

We are a group of citizens asked by the Basalt Town Council to develop a public art program to help build an arts economy and for the greater good of all residents in Basalt!


What is the difference between a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a commission?

A 501(c)(3) is a business type organization created by the IRS Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. It is regulated and administered by the US Department of Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service. Citizens have the option to contribute to these organizations or share in their mission.


A commission, such as BPAC, is an extension arm of the local municipality to help that municipal government improve the common good.  In Basalt’s case, BPAC is comprised of citizens chosen & invited by the Basalt Town Council to research and advise them on a specific topic, which in our case, is public art.  BPAC serves its mission as long as the Basalt Town Council requests it. All citizens share the benefits of our endeavor equally no matter their income status as tax payers. 


How can other citizens comment on BPAC and public art in Basalt?

We welcome all feedback.  Town Staff can funnel feedback to BPAC members or members of the public can engage BPAC through its social media outlets.  Please keep all conversation civil and respectful. 


Basalt Public Art Commission (BPAC) — A Confluence of Art and Vitality