The Economic Development Department's Art in Public Places program (AIPP) collaborates with local and nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity.

 

The City of Austin was the first municipality in Texas to make a commitment to include works of art in construction projects. By ordinance, 2% of eligible capital improvement project budgets are allocated to commission or purchase art for that site. Austin’s Public Art Collection is found at sites such as the airport, convention center, libraries, parks, police stations, recreation centers, and streetscapes, enhancing public spaces for all residents and visitors to our City.

Learn more about Art in Public Places programs:

Current Open Calls to Artists

Professional visual artists or artist teams are invited apply for the following opportunities.

Artists familiar with the community and heritage of the area are encouraged to apply. Multilingual artists or artists able to interact with the community in languages other than English are also encouraged to apply.

Artist Information Sessions

The City of Austin will host artist information sessions to answer questions about the application process for Brush Square Park Plan, Comal Pocket Park Renovation, and Dove Springs Public Health Facility. AIPP staff and Parks Department staff will be available to discuss project background and specifics with interested artists.

 

Go here for a recording of the Artist Information Meeting.

Comal Pocket Park


Brush Square


Dove Springs Public Health Facility

City's Art Collection

Browse the City's Art Collection online!

Take a self-guided walking tour of artwork in the City of Austin Collection located near downtown.

Art in Public Places Year in Review

Art in Public Places Year in Review 2020

Art in Public Places Year in Review 2021