Furor Over Art Display at Philadelphia's City Hall
That age old question -- what is art? -- is the crux of the latest City Hall battle. At issue: a taxpayer-funded program that offers often eyebrow-raising modern art near the offices of the mayor and City Council.
The 25-year-old Art in City Hall program features exhibits near the offices of the Mayor, on the second floor, and City Council, on the fourth. On display are works of local professional artists, chosen by a jury.
City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell clearly has no great love of their sometimes unusual offerings, and she wants to know why non-professional art can't be included:
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