Public Art in Arlington

Public Art Strategic Plan

Art enhances public places and brings uniqueness and interest to our community. The City of Arlington supports the acquisition of art for public places.

Public Art Strategic Plan Document

Public Art Application


The City of Arlington accepts applications from the public and organizations for public art projects in September. To be eligible for consideration in the budget cycle, your complete proposal must be received by the deadline. Please submit a separate application for each project requested for funding.  You may submit applications any time to be considered for the next funding cycle.

Each proposal will be considered by the Public Art Committee for recommendation and Park, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC), and to the City Council for final decision. The committee shall have the authority to negotiate concerning the content of any applicant’s proposal. The review and award schedule for 2021 is below.  

Application Open:    August 1, 2020
Application Due: September 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Public Art Committee Review: September 15-21, 2020
PARC Review: September 22, 2020
Recommendation to City Council: October 12, 2020
Council Action: October 19, 2020
Contracts to successful applicants: after December 1, 2020

Applicants are encouraged to read the City of Arlington Public Art Strategic Plan, available here.

Goals and Objectives (Page 9)

  1. The City has adopted a funding source for public art, 10 percent of construction sales tax.
  2. The City desires to integrate art into public places within public and private projects to improve the resident and visitor experience and the economic vitality of the City through enhancement of public spaces.
  3. The City will implement plan to create a visually and functional superior environment through art.
Public Art in Arlington

Arlington Arts Council

The Arlington Arts Council facilitates the acquisition of the works. The Arlington Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to bringing quality art experiences to the community of Arlington. The AAC holds an annual art auction that raises money for public art projects. Regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Hadley Hall 18513 59th Avenue NE, Arlington. For more information about the Arlington Arts Council, contact Sarah Arney 360-435-3778.