What sort of standard or rules do public art programs use to evaluate donations?
Most public art programs that accept donations have a review process in place to evaluate proposed gifts. Donations may be given freely, but they can still require the expenditure of significant funds and program resources, and so it behooves public art programs to be cautious and thoughtful when accepting them. Like other commissions, proposed donations should undergo a similar review and approval process. If accepted, then the donor and program should agree on the terms of the donation, which might consider insurance, maintenance costs, installation locations, signage, rights of reproduction, and rights to deaccession. If the donation is a significant one, then it is common to ask the donor to make some financial allowance for the work’s long-term conservation needs.