Public Art

Weather instruments at an outdoor park on a sunny day
Weather Field No. 1 by Inigo Mañglano-Ovalle / Tongva Park, 2013 / Photo by Bill Short

We're dedicated to integrating as much art as possible into our community's daily life. We encourage you to notice it as you go about your day, and invite you to seek it out in areas you don't normally visit. Press a marker on the map below to get a peek at the public artworks in Santa Monica. To see more, visit the Public Art Archive.


Map / Archive

City of Santa Monica on publicartarchive.org


Featured Art

Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee is a standing committee of the Arts Commission, made up of three Arts Commissioners and six community members that possess a variety of expertise related to public art. The Public Art Committee provides recommendations to the Arts Commission on artist selection for Percent for Art Commissions and the Percent for Art Budget.

We meet the third Monday of each month, Ken Edwards Center, 5:00 p.m.

Maintenance of Collection

Maintaining the original, inspirational appearance of our vast art collection requires constant care. In 2015, the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Public Art team commissioned Rosa Lowinger and Associates to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment. Now regular maintenance on our most important pieces ensures they’ll be around for years to come.

Read the report

Percent for Art

The Percent for Art Program embodies the City’s commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting aside 1% percent of the total budget of all eligible capital projects for art projects. Santa Monica Cultural Affairs manages the City’s public art program and its Percent for Art requirement in both public and private development. 

Ordinances

In art, there may be no rules, but in civic art there are definitely ordinances. These ordinances outline the ways public art is created and maintained. Santa Monica Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program operates under these ordinances and policies, under the direction of City staff, the Arts Commission, the Public Art Committee and City Council.

Legislation 

Administrative policies and procedures