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.
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
Private Donations of Public
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.
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 BoxArt Program
of public art ranging from murals, mosaics, oil and watercolors, stained
glass, sculptures, benches, bridge railings and more may be seen
throughout the City.
City of San Luis Obispo - Public Art in a larger map
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deck It Out Art
Show and Silent Auction at Coalition, 974 Monterey
Deck It Out Art Show and Silent Auction features original skate deck
art by local artists. The silent auction supports the SLO SKATEPARK.
The 2011 Deck It Out Art Show and Silent Auction was a great
success. Everyone is looking forward to 2012!
To add your name to the mailing list for public art projects, please
email your name and address to the Public Art Manager,
Shannon Bates, with
"Public Art Mailing List" in the subject area.
For more information about the Public Art program in the City of San
Luis Obispo contact
Shannon Bates, Recreation
& Public Art Manager 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