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.
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.
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.