Redwood City Public Art Program

Adopted unanimously by City Council on 9/24/2007


The goal of the Redwood City Public Art Program is to bring more public art to Redwood City. Public art inspires civic pride, builds community, improves the quality of life, and enriches the city as a unique and cultural destination.

The priorities for the Redwood City Public Art Program are as follows:

Through these goals and priorities, the Redwood City Public Art Program will help make Redwood City a creative and desirable destination for both residents and visitors.


Public art, as defined by this policy, is an artwork of any medium that is visually or physically accessible to the public and has been acquired by city funds, donated to the city, or provided by a private entity as a community benefit. Public Art may be situated on public or private property. Public art that is neither paid for with public funds nor accepted by the city is not governed by this policy.


The Redwood City Public Art Program is administered by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. The commission, along with city staff, will develop detailed guidelines outlining the procedure for implementing this program, including the processes used to:


Sites for public art covered by this program are prominent locations in Redwood City which are identified as suitable for public art projects and are physically and/or visually accessible to and by the public. Public art projects covered by this policy for which public money is utilized may be located on either public or private property. For a public art project to be located on private property, the owner must grant the city an easement for access, with a grant of all ancillary rights that the city deems necessary in order to implement the public art project according to this policy. Identification of a piece of property as a public art site shall not relieve the property owner from complying with all applicable city laws and regulations.


The process used to select public art sites is dependent upon the type of project being executed.

Site selection should be a community planning process which provides ample and

appropriate opportunities for public input into site identification.

The Civic Cultural Commission will maintain a prioritized list of projects and sites and will recommend those projects for implementation as funding allows. As much as possible, these projects should correspond with new construction or renovation projects planned in the city for that year.

Civic Cultural Commission representatives should be invited to attend architectural review meetings for large scale development to advocate for public art as part of new development or redevelopment.

Community group or neighborhood association may propose a public art project for a site and apply for city funds to implement their projects.


Public art projects may include:


Each public art project created through this policy shall include an outreach program that will encourage community involvement in the implementation of the project as well as periodically inform and educate citizens about the specific project.


Methods used for artist selection may include open competition, invitational competition, or direct selection but shall comply with all laws, regulations, and city policies governing

purchasing. Community involvement in the development of any public art project is crucial and shall be part of the selection process. For public art projects attached to private or public construction, the artist selection and approval process must be integrated into the overall project timeline so as not to cause delays.


In general, all physical permanent works of public art are owned by the city and copyrights shall be retained by the artist, with reproduction rights allowed the city for appropriate promotional and educational purposes. Legal title and copyrights in any work of public art obtained by the city shall be spelled out in a mutually agreeable contract between the city, the artist, and the owner.


Funding will likely dictate which projects are implemented. Possible funding sources include:

The Civic Cultural Commission will be active in applying for non-city public and private funds to support public art projects as appropriate. Individuals, businesses, private developers, and organizations will also be encouraged to make contributions to the city for public art projects.

All funds for public art received by the city shall be deposited into the city’s “public art fund” and administered by the Civic Cultural Commission.


The Civic Cultural Commission is responsible for the administration of the city’s public art program and the management of the city’s public art inventory.

All operating costs of the public art program will be budgeted in conjunction with the total cost of the annual program. These operating costs may include: staffing, project consultant fees, administrative costs, programming costs, project implementation costs, promotional costs, and maintenance expenses.


The city shall be responsible for the maintenance of city projects created through this program. All permanent public art projects must have a plan that projects both staff time and funding needed to properly maintain the work. Funds for the maintenance of city projects, as established through this program, will be allocated as a portion of the public art program’s operating budget.