There are many ways for citizens to become actively involved in the business of government. In addition to the opportunities that citizens have to express their thoughts and concerns at County Council meetings and public meetings, Los Alamos County residents may apply to serve on one of many Boards, Commissions and Committees (BCCs). Service on a board familiarizes you with your community and develops potential community leaders, and it gives you the chance to implement your thoughts about which community needs should be addressed and how they should be met. Finally, boards provide a way to practice the spirit of giving and philanthropy, a way to serve your fellow citizens.
The purpose of the Art in Public Places (APP) Board is to encourage the integration of art into the architecture of municipal structures, increase the general public awareness of art, to visually enhance the community, to capture a part of our history for future generations, to promote the establishment of a collection of art with the works of artists who live or work, or who have lived or worked in Los Alamos County having a priority. The Art in Public Places fund is created for the express purposes of acquiring, installing and maintaining county-owned works of art and for the administrative support, cataloging, display and use attendant to the County’s ownership of the works of art. The account shall include one percent of the budget of any capital improvement project and one-half of one percent of the budget of any such road project.
The Art in Public Places Board consists of five members, and members can serve up to two two-year consecutive terms. Interested citizens may apply for a position on any BCC that currently has a vacancy. After completing an application, individuals are interviewed by County officials, then taken to County Council for a majority vote.