Public Art

Santa Monica's civic public art program commissions new works and stewards the City's art collection, which features works by local, national, and international artists and is comprised of many stellar examples of permanent installations, a deep archive of temporary works, and the Art Bank, a collection on rotating display in public facilities. The City’s Percent for Art program contributes to the built and cultural environment with artworks made possible by both private development and public works projects. Ongoing programs include Acknowledge + Reframe Together, a series of civic reimagining projects that center historically excluded communities. The collection is enhanced with work from artists in residence, artist fellows, and artists enlisted to contribute to other city projects and grant programs (see list). This work is administered by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs in consultation with the City’s Arts Commission and Public Art Committee. Back to the Arts page.