The City of Portsmouth
The City of Portsmouth has invested in a long-term commitment of supporting arts and culture.
- Cultural Plan: The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Arts and Culture was created in the fall of 1999 to develop a cultural plan to be incorporated into the City’s master plan. The committee comprised Portsmouth citizens representing business, cultural, community service, and education sectors. After a full year of focus groups with members of Portsmouth’s academic, civic, cultural, and religious organizations, the Blue Ribbon Committee synthesized the major themes from these discussions into five goals. These goals represent various steps Portsmouth and citizens can take to preserve and grow the city’s cultural assets.
- Public Artwork Policy, Preservation and Acquisition: The city of Portsmouth is committed to providing public art of exceptional quality and diversity that adds to our community’s vibrancy and identity. Public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical domain, usually outside, and accessible to all. Portsmouth’s public artworks include statuary, monuments, memorials, murals and more.
- Percent for Art Ordinance: In 2006, Portsmouth became the first city in New Hampshire to pass a Percent for Art Ordinance.