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Nov 13, 201812:40 PMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Tech, art, and design of ‘smart’ cities converge through Wisconsin company

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The business model for CODAworx is tiered. It is free for artists who want to list up to three published projects and to review requests for proposals; $500 per year for artists who want to expose more of their works and dig deeper into commission opportunities; $1,000 per year for industry members; and larger contract amounts when people who commission art want CODAworx to handle the nitty-gritty of executing a project.

The latter category can happen when city planners and others decide they want to commission art but aren’t experienced in screening potential artists, negotiating terms, and executing delivery.

“Cities are realizing, as they do economic development, that art is critical,” Sikes said. “When we do manage a project, we try to anticipate all of the pain points.”

It’s not just major cities or big companies that commission art. Projects touched by CODAworx over time have included cities such as Janesville, Eau Claire, High Point, North Carolina, Sewanee, Georgia, and St. Mary’s, Maryland. Those cities and more might have been limited to a few choices of artists in the past but can cast a wider net by using the CODAworx database.

Founded as The Art Commission in 2012 by Sikes and Terry Maxwell, CODAworx today has 15 employees and 6,000 projects accessible through its website. For Sikes, that’s just a good start.

“Artists are some of the original entrepreneurs, and they’re increasingly banding together in companies,” Sikes said. “We want to help them grow.”

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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