The Charleston Area Alliance agreed to provide $25,000 to fund the project and the city also gave $25,000. The money is being used to match a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
One of the goals is to establish guidelines for the maintenance of the numerous pieces of public art around the city, pieces that are both privately and publicly owned, Salisbury said.
Charleston Area Alliance has set aside $20,000 to leverage additional funding to maintain publicly owned pieces of art, she said.
She also hopes to sit down with people and companies that own pieces of art that can be seen publicly to discuss maintenance.
Public art, such as the murals on the piers under Interstate 64, sculptures and even the tiny Mortar Man on Capitol Street, are viewed as assets to the community. Many people turned out for the art walks during FestivALL to see the pieces.
Salisbury thought the public art walking tours held during the June festival would not be well attended because of the high temperatures. However, she was pleasantly surprised.
"I stopped counting when 125 people showed up," she said.
The alliance also published a book featuring 45 pieces of public art in the city, and a second version could be on the way.
"We've had some interest in people wanting to sponsor the second book," she said.
The second version of the public art book would also feature new pieces of public art including the recently painted murals on the piers under Interstate 64 at the corner of Kanawha Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Salisbury ordered about 5,000 of the first editions and has very few left, she said.