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World Trade Center Memorial Project

Original steel beam from the fallen World Trade Center in New York City
Call for Artists RFQ Deadline: November 15, 2013
Selection Announced: March 17, 2014

Public Art Program
The Parks and Recreation Department oversees the City's vibrant Public Art Program which consists of three distinct components:

  • Visual Arts in Public Places Program
    The City of San Luis Obispo currently administers a Visual Arts in Public Places program which encourages public art in new and existing buildings, parks, streets and other development projects for the enjoyment of its citizens and visitors. For most of its capital projects, the City sets aside 1% of the construction cost to a city-wide fund used to support other worthwhile public art projects.

  • Public Art in Private Development
    The City also has an ordinance in place requiring the placement of public art, valued 1/2% of the total construction cost, on privately funded, non-residential construction projects costing in excess of $100,000.

  • Private Donations of Public Art
    An additional and important source of public art is that which is privately funded and located in a public place. The City has been the recipient of several excellent pieces obtained through the private donation program.


Artist Opportunities

  • Check back soon!


Utility Box Art Program
The City of San Luis Obispo's Art in Public Places Program has commissioned local artists to create masterpieces on 16 utility boxes featured in downtown San Luis Obispo as part of the “BoxArt” program. Make sure to check out the boxes on your next walk around downtown SLO.

For more information on the Utility Box Art Program call 781-7296.

Public Art Program  Unique pieces of public art ranging from murals, mosaics, oil and watercolors, stained glass, sculptures, benches, bridge railings and more may be seen throughout the City.

  • See the link below for an interactive storyboard map tour!

ARTS Obispo
ARTS Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council is developing a local registry and has an extensive site full of information regarding funding, displays and locations. For more information contact the Arts Council at (805) 544-9251 or


General Information
To add your name to the mailing list for public art projects, please email your name and address to
 Melissa Mudgett include "Public Art Mailing List" in the subject area.

For more information about the Public Art program in the City of San Luis Obispo contact Melissa Mudgett, at (805) 781-7296. Mail may be accepted at 1341 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Policies and Procedures
Please view the Policies and Procedures Manual here.

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