OKC city planner Robbie Kienzle mourned by the arts community

The Oklahoma City arts community is mourning the loss of Robbie Kienzle, a city planner widely credited with guiding the city’s ascent as a national public arts mecca.

Kienzle, 61, died Monday after an extended illness. She started her career at City Hall 24 years ago as the public art consultant for the first Metropolitan Area Project. That job turned into an arts coordinator as the city began dedicating 1% of capitol improvement project budgets to public art.

That effort was aided by private funding for public art by Downtown Initiatives and property owners across the city. In a 2021 interview with The Oklahoman, Kienzle recalled when months passed without any interest expressed in doing public art.

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