What is Public Art?

Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are. (Association of Public Art)

Why does the City have a public art department?

Public art attracts and sustains community participation by breaking down barriers and allowing for expression. All of these things lead to stronger neighborhoods and increased quality of life. When working towards a better Lancaster City, artful practices and public art boost our efforts. Public art allows communities to gain cultural, social, and economic value, and enhances meaning in the civic spaces of these communities.

I have an idea for a cool public art project! How do we do this?

Great! We love cool ideas. Lancaster Public Art advocates for and encourages public art throughout the City and only commissions a couple of projects a year. So it's unlikely that we can take your project on, but we can connect you to resources that might help you make your idea a reality!