City of Dallas Public Art Program
The City of Dallas Public Art Program enriches the quality of life for the citizens of Dallas. Public art enhances the cultural appeal of the City to visitors by overseeing the integration of high-quality visual art into public spaces. The Public Art Program provides opportunities for local artists, as well as visual artists from around the globe, through the commission of public artworks. Now in its 29th year, the Dallas Public Art Collection includes 300 public works of art including commissions and donations.
The first public art program in Dallas began in 1982 and was known as Art in Public Places. With the support of the City Council, a Cultural Policy was adopted in 1985. One year later work began on developing a Public Art Master Plan. The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and the Cultural Affairs Commission (CAC) were established in 1989 to oversee the Public Art Program. The groups work closely together to integrate high-quality visual art into public spaces throughout the City of Dallas. Public artwork today can be enjoyed throughout the City of Dallas—in City buildings, on public plazas, at fire and police stations, in public parks and at Dallas Love Field.
Public art maintenance and conservation is an important part of the Public Art Program. Conservation requires dynamic protection of the historic and artistic features of the works of art. Artworks are conserved with the cultural significance of the works and their installation environments in mind. Successes in conservation, such as the rescue, conservation, and re-installation of Dallas-artist Octavio Medellin’s window (1960) at the Moody Performance Hall and the ticketing hall at Dallas Love Field, remind us that public art is an important cultural, artistic, historic and educational link connecting the heritage of Dallas to future generations.
The Public Art Program is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.