In 1981, the City of Spokane enacted its "% for Art" Ordinance mandating that 1% of certain capital construction costs be utilized to purchase artwork for enhancing public buildings and spaces. A primary function of the Spokane Arts Commission is coordinating the selection, placement and other planning and design factors of municipal art projects in accordance with the overall municipal arts plan. 

In the past three decades, public art has been created for a variety of locations in the City on a voluntary basis.  The Spokane Public Facilities District, the Davenport Arts District, the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, and the Spokane International Airport along with many private property owners and developers have made commitments to public art.