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Public Art

Photo of a public art installation

Read the Public Art Master Plan Update 2021

The Public Art program acquires and maintains a quality collection of diverse art works that creates a dynamic, vibrant, nurturing community through art and design.

Established by legislation in 1986, the program gives opportunities for individuals and organizations to encounter art in public spaces across the district such as in parks, libraries, community centers, government offices, building facades and other public venues. We simultaneously enrich the daily lives of residents and visitors and give voice to artists. The collection includes more than 100 permanently sited and integrated works and nearly 3,000 portable works in District offices. 

In accordance with the “Support for Art in Public Places Amendments Act of 1986” (D.C. Law 6-125), CAH acquires, funds, installs and maintains public artworks across the District through the several programs listed below.

For more information about Public Art grant programs and projects, collections, programming and plans:

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities online database showcases our Art Bank Collection, a collection of moveable artworks loaned to other District government agencies for display in public offices, as well as our Public Art Collection of installations of large scale artworks in public sites/places throughout the District of Columbia. 

Calls for Artists


Top banner: Gateway Wings at NY Ave. Bridge, artist Kent Bloomer. Photography by Michael Miller.