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Local Artists Want Compensation For Placement of Works at Cortez City Hall

Gail Binkly
City officials tour the meeting room at the new Cortez City Hall. Local artists are critical of the City's decision to "lend" space to artists, calling it a form of economic discrimination

Two local artists came before the Cortez City Council on Tuesday to express dismay over the city’s call for artists to “loan” their works to beautify the new City Hall.

Sonja Horoshko said the city pays for construction, electrical work, plumbing, and vehicle maintenance and it is “a form of economic discrimination” to ask artists to do their work for free. Barbara Grist said artists are continually asked to donate items to decorate public spaces. She and Horoshko suggested the city instead lease art works or provide exhibition space inside City Hall.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal, and was the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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