Public Art Program
Philadelphia is home to an unparalleled collection of public art, believed to be the oldest and largest in the United States. Located in indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the city, our extraordinary collection reflects Philadelphia’s rich history and diverse array of communities, and is the result of Philadelphia’s long-standing commitment to the arts. Public art helps to define our city’s identity and it is one of our greatest assets.
The Public Art Program of the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is the steward of over 1,000 works of public art throughout nearly every neighborhood in the city. Our collection is vast and varied – including traditional war memorials and monuments, as well contemporary works.
Philadelphia’s long-standing commitment to public art continues today and is evident in the age of our collection, our pioneering Percent for Art Program, and our ongoing preservation efforts through the Conservation and Collection Management of public art.
In addition to the City of Philadelphia’s Public Art Program, Philadelphia is home to several other significant public art agencies, all of which contribute to art in the public realm. Most notable among these are: the Association for Public Art, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, SEPTA’s Art in Transit Program, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Art Commission
OACCE works with the Philadelphia Art Commission which is Philadelphia’s design review board. It must approve the design of all construction projects located on City property or funded with City money. The Commission must also approve the design of anything constructed or installed on or over the public right-of-way as well as all public art to be acquired by the City or placed on public property. Learn more here.
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Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry
Questions about the Public Art Program or conservation and collection management of the City of Philadelphia’s permanent public art collection? Contact Public Art Director Margot Berg, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (215) 686-4596.