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Public Art in L.A.

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 encourage

quality 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.

How 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.


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