What is Los Angeles' Public
Percent for Art Program?
The Public Percent for Art Program
is a way for the City of Los Angeles to commission
artists to produce original artwork for public places.
This program serves primarily visual artists who
are interested in making art in City-owned buildings.
The City passed a law in 1989 allocating one percent
of all capital improvement costs to commission public
artwork. The Department of Cultural Affairs administers
this program through its Public Art Division, aiming
to utilize this one percent to contribute enduring,
contemporary art experiences to public facilities
in the City.
The City of Los Angeles celebrates
its cultural diversity, as well as the role of the
artist in the community, by encouraging a network
of artist voices as rich as the communities they
represent. Likewise, Public Art in Los Angeles has
the unique capacity to bring the experience of art
to a broad and diverse group of citizens by engaging
the active urban landscape.
The Department of Cultural Affairs
supports projects that
and innovation in context, concept, and medium.
With these projects, the Public Art Program aims
to invigorate the cultural fabric of the City of
Los Angeles by employing contemporary artists with
urban, site-specific art making practices, who compose
architecturally and community sensitive work.
does the Department of Cultural Affairs administer
Public Art in Los Angeles?
The City department that is
ready to begin the process of new construction coordinates
with the Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art
Division to develop a Request for Qualifications
(RFQ) and/or Request for Proposals (RFP), which
is directly mailed to our extensive mailing
list of artists.
Artists may apply to become
part of a pre-qualified artist pool by submitting
slides of their work, resumes, and a letter of interest.
Applications are reviewed by a selection panel composed
of arts professionals, a representative of
the commissioning department, the
project architect, and
a community representative.