The purpose of the City of Chico Art in Public Places Program is
to expand the public experience with the visual arts, to promote
the artistic and cultural development of the community, and to
encourage the active participation of all citizens in making art
a valuable aspect of their daily lives. This Program represents a
key supporting element for the achievement of the goals and
objectives of the City’s Arts Master Plan.
A successful public art program, through a variety of approaches
to site-specific art projects, seeks to achieve the following
Humanize the built environment through “place-making” symbols
of civic pride and community identity, and through artistic
statements that create a vibrant sense of place in public spaces.
Make art accessible to the community so that the public may
expand its experience, awareness, sensitivity, enjoyment and
understanding of art; that the lives of our citizens and visitors
will be enhanced through interaction with public art.
Foster the concept of artists as “aesthetic decision-makers”
to be recognized and actively utilized in the development and
planning of the built and natural environment, and by encouraging
collaborations between artists, urban planners, building and
landscape architects, engineers and other designers.
Provide diverse and challenging employment opportunities for
contemporary artists from all ethnic communities to ensure that a
broad cultural heritage will be reflected in the community’s
public art collection.
Resource List of Pre-Qualified Artists
July 2009-July 2012
This list will be made available to the City’s project managers
and consultants as a method of selecting artists to be hired, as
part of a design team, if needed, to assist with the inclusion of
artistic architectural elements into Capital Improvement Projects
such as the construction or remodel of public facilities and/or
public infrastructure projects paid for wholly or in part by the
City of Chico. These artists will remain on the Resourse List of
Pre-Qualified Artists for three years.