The Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program provides leadership in the development of high quality civic spaces by integrating artists into the planning and design process at the earliest possible opportunity, encouraging innovative approaches to civic art, and providing access to artistic experiences of the highest caliber for the residents of Los Angeles County. Working with leading artists, emerging public artists, County departments and communities, the Civic Art Program creates artwork, design, public engagement activities, exhibitions, temporary art and event based programming for new and renovated facilities throughout Los Angeles County. The program has commissioned work for capital projects for public libraries, parks, pools, community centers, jails and health centers.

Active Comissions

62 civic art projects were actively managed by the Arts Commission during Fiscal Year 2016-17. The development, fabrication and installation of civic artwork is an integrative process which emphasizes thoughtful coordination with the community, design team members and the County to ensure high-quality, low-maintenance art.

Active Projects

The County’s civic art collection belongs to all its residents and is comprised of historic and contemporary civic artworks located on County property. The collection is made up of artworks commissioned, donated and purchased since the policy was adopted and historic artworks created before the establishment of the Civic Art Program.

The List is comprised of Los Angeles County based professional emerging and established artists and artist teams working in all mediums including permanent and temporary are and public engagement.

Civic Art Blog

Putting the public in public art. This is the blog for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission civic art inventory.

The civic art collection serves the largest,

most diverse population of any county in the United States.

Program Highlights

The LA County Arts Commission Civic Art Program is pleased to present the 2016–17 Annual Report. In FY 2016–17, a total of 62 civic art projects were actively managed and covered 60 communities reaching over 8,500 community members throughout the County.

In November, 2015, Los Angeles County acquired 124 artworks that were originally part of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance art collection—once the largest collection of African American art in the West.

Civic Art is helping promote ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units) by means of a design competition encouraging architects and designers to be creative strategists in service to the Homeless Initiative.

In Spring 2018, a series of public events celebrated the communities of East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone and Lennox with the launch of three books—one for each project location.