Scottsdale Arts likely to contract with artist for library mural

A view of the Scottsdale Unified School District logo. (File photo)

A view of the Scottsdale Unified School District logo. (File photo)

A contract between the Scottsdale Unified School District and Scottsdale Arts is on the table regarding the installation and maintenance of artwork at the Palomino Library.

The city council will vote on the consent agenda, which includes this item, at its Friday, Dec. 2 city council meeting.

According to a city staff proposal, both the city and SUSD want to have artist Carrie Marill, or another approved artist, design, fabricate, install and place integrated artwork similar to a mural on the east interior wall of Palomino Library above the teen books section.

Palomino Library is on the Desert Mountain High School property and SUSD jointly operates the property, according to an Intergovernmental Agreement.

According to the proposal, this project does not technically fall under Scottsdale Arts’ service, but the city still wants Scottsdale Arts to contract with and supervise the artist. Additionally, the city would like Scottsdale Arts to manage the project and perform maintenance on the resulting mural.

According to the proposal, the contract will allow the artist reasonable access to the library to work on the artwork outside of school hours. Scottsdale arts will contract with, supervise and provide compensation to the artist an amount not exceeding $3,000.

The proposal also states SUSD will retain the finished piece until at least Jan. 1, 2020 unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by the parties.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at or at 623-445-2738

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