Public Art ProgramS
Dublin’s Public Art program first began in the late 1980's, shortly after Dublin’s incorporation, as a partnership between the City of Dublin and the nonprofit Dublin Fine Arts Foundation. The foundation contracted with an art consultant and raised funds to purchase and commission public artwork, which it was then gifted to the City for placement at City facilities.
Today, Dublin has a robust Public Art Program so residents can enjoy museum quality art right in their own backyard. Look for for 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.
The City of Dublin is committed to sustaining a healthy Public Art Program by:
• Ensuring the preservation and maintenance of the City’s art collection.
• Enhancing community participation in the Public Art process.
• Providing a support system for local artists who work in the City’s Public Art Program.
• Celebrating Dublin’s history and diversity through a broad range of Public Art projects.
• Promoting the economic vitality of the City by using Public Art to brand areas of Dublin.
Click here to view the 2020 Public Art Master Plan.
Residents are inspired to actively participate in the public art program with ample opportunities to help select the artwork, learn more about the pieces in the collection, watch artists at work and participate in group art projects and events.
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.