Edina city officials have developed a set of criteria to evaluate the diversity shown in city-owned artwork and decor in municipal buildings, parks and outdoor areas.
The criteria — what they call a rubric — evolved out of the city’s 2018 task force report on race and equity and aims to provide a standardized way to judge how genders and ethnic groups are represented in art. The City Council signed off on it last month.
The task force report revealed that some community members felt the city’s art and decor didn’t represent all residents, said Heidi Lee, Edina’s race and equity coordinator.
“To be able to represent who is actually living in Edina, who has had a hand in creating what Edina is … it’s important to be able to do that,” Lee said.
The criteria will be used in coming months to evaluate the decor in the mayor’s conference