Promoting Public Art Throughout Montgomery

The Public Art Commission was established by City Council Resolution in August 2013 to coordinate activities dedicated to the placement of art in public places and to the promotion of public art to enhance the vibrancy of the city and quality of life of its citizens.

The commission’s primary goal is to have a systematic, but flexible, approach for

  • identifying suitable locations for the placement of public art
  • evaluating the aesthetic value of work proposed for placement in public places
  • making informed decisions about the future needs for care and maintenance before art objects are placed on properties owned by the city or in partnership with private property owners

It is not intended to establish complicated procedures requiring excessive review of minute details which will deter patrons from donating art to the city or which will stifle the spontaneity and creativity of artists.

Working with private developers, property owners, museums, universities and other organizations the Public Art Commission is able to provide assistance in locating artists for specific projects that, although on private property, are open to the public for viewing and enjoyment.

City of Montgomery Public Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or selection of artists.

The Public Art Commission funds projects through solicitation of grants and other private funding.

Commission members are selected by the Mayor and come from a cross section of the art community from artists, educators, corporate representatives, gallery owners, and museums. Members serve on a rotating basis from two to three years.

Public Art Commission Strategic Plan

The Public Art Commission has established a Public Art Strategic Plan to update and guide the master plan in its two main objectives:

  1. Enhancing the quality of life in Montgomery through Public Art projects and productions that build an aesthetics of equity and
  2. Strengthening the downtown and adjacent historic neighborhoods as regional destinations of art and culture. For a copy of the full plan, please click the link below.

Montgomery Public Art Strategic Plan 2015-2020

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