Beth Tobey

What are the steps for completing a typical public art project?

Beth Tobey @ 8/30/2018

Are you interested in creating a public art project in Santa Cruz? Are you wondering what a typical process is like for selecting and placing public art? Well, it can be more complicated that it might seem at first, but it's not impossible! Here is a general list of steps and considerations.

Typical Public Art Project Process/Checklist

  • Determine project budget
  • Determine who is paying the artists and how much
  • If you want to pitch the idea to the City (this isn't in response to a call from the City) then complete an Unsolicited Proposals application and budget. Email the Arts Manager for the correct forms at .
  • Get initial OK from Arts Commission and/or relevant City Departments to proceed
  • Draft and post an RFQ or RFP to artists
  • Assemble a selection panel and review responses
  • Interview artists if needed
  • Select final artist(s)
  • Hold a community/neighborhood meeting and/or do targeted outreach about project
  • Post notices on site if needed
  • Get Arts Commission final approval of designs at public meeting
  • Obtain proper City contracts are in place and artists have liability insurance on file
  • Manage installation/coordinate will necessary City departments

    *Featured image is of Cupid's Span in San Fracisco by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen,