Art in Public Places

Our Art in Public Places (APP) Coalition helps implement countywide policies for public art. Our mission is to advocate for art in public places, both public and private, for the cultural enrichment of San Luis Obispo County, including cities and unincorporated areas.

This group has been working behind the scenes for years to make public art a strong and viable program throughout SLO County. A few of the projects that ARTS Obispo’s APP Coalition has directly assisted with are the permanent installations in the new County Government Center, Avila Beach, SLO Promenade, Old Town Arroyo Grande, Higuera St. Plaza and Tolosa Housing Development.

Roles and Responsibilities

A.    Provide a forum for communities throughout SLO County to meet and discuss public art policies, projects and procedures.

1.      Assist communities within SLO County with establishing public art policies and guidelines.

2.      Act as a sounding board for all County communities’ ideas and provide feedback.

3.      When asked, assist in mediation when controversies or conflicts arise and assist communities in developing and setting priorities for public art projects.

4.      Recommend jurors to sit on panels reviewing public art pieces, donated works and or qualifying artists.

B.      Monitor all current developer projects throughout SLO County

1.      Advocate for the developer to incorporate public art in their project design.

2.      Provide a discussion forum for developers to present their projects and listen to recommendations from the Coalition.

3.      Assist private developers, construction contractors and individuals in locating artists or completed art works that would be appropriate for their project.

4.      Provide a discussion forum for developers to present their project and hear recommendations from the Coalition


A.    Create an online County Public Art Archive and an Art Map

B.     Form a clearing house for public art artists (to apply for RFQs Countywide)

C.    Work toward a goal of encouraging SLO County communities to consult with APP Coalition

D.    Form collaborations in order to develop new spaces and opportunities for public art

Interested in public art? Curious about the process?

The Art in Public Places Coalition meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at 2 pm at the ARTS Obispo office.