Public Art ProgramS

Thanks to its robust Public Art Program, Dublin residents can enjoy museum quality art right in their own backyard. Look for more than 30 publicly-owned artworks at parks and civic buildings, as well as a growing number of public art pieces installed on private property under the Public Art Ordinance. Recently, Dublin has a growing number of cities that are adding painted utility boxes as a low-cost way to add color and interest to City streets. Current public art projects include:

Public Art Master Plan

This year Dublin is updating its Public Art Master Plan, the document that outlines the City's public art priorities -- including where art will be placed, what types of art will be considered, and how artists and artwork will be chosen. Staff will host two public meetings to invite your input: Tuesday, November 28, 7 p.m. at Dublin City Hall, Regional Meeting Room, 100 Civic Plaza; and Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m. at The Wave Community Room, 4201 Central Parkway. If you can't attend, watch for an opportunity in December to provide input online via Open City Hall.

Utility Box Art 

City Council has approved eight City-owned traffic signal boxes to be painted in Spring 2018, with designs that reflect the City's brand, "The New American Backyard." Artist applications will be accepted September 1 - October 31, 2017. Design proposals are scheduled to be reviewed by the Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission on December 7, 2017, and approved by City Council on January 9, 2018. Painting will occur between February 1 and May 31, 2018. Artists are paid $1000 per completed box.

Get Involved

Residents are often invited to give opinions on proposed public art via surveys and comment cards. Residents are also encouraged to apply to serve on Art Selection Committees. No prior experience is required, and this is a great way to learn about the public art process. Artists are encouraged to submit information for our Cultural Arts Resources database.  Staff uses the database to provide information about local cultural arts resources to the public and to notify artists and organizations as creative opportunities arise.