Public Art

Purpose of the Public Art Program

To promote, support and increase the creation of public art displays within the City of Watsonville to provide an opportunity for personal and community reflection, promote the City’s attributes and enhance its image for the enjoyment and benefit of the residents, businesses, employees and visitors.

Current Opportunities

Downtown Movable Murals

Movable Murals is a joint project of PVA and the City of Watsonville, which provides outdoor, semi-permanent hanging space for muralists and artists utilizing digital media and/or painting to create temporary installations. We want to demonstrate how our personalities can shine while staying safe and protected by our masks. Show your sense of humor and creativity for: An Act of Love: Mask Wearing During the Pandemic.

Selected artists/community groups will be provided 4’ x 8’ sheets of primed marine plywood or MDO upon which the painting, will be applied. Completion of artwork will take place at artists’ studios, or location of artists’ choice, and will not be created on-site. This year, PVA is coordinating a photo contest/wheat-pasting project on three of the designated locations and we are reserving up to four individual panels shown above to muralists.

Completed panels will then be installed by the City of Watsonville. Your mural/artwork will be viewed in this location for approximately 6-12 months, at which time different artists/community groups will be offered the opportunity to create upon the same surface/plywood. Artists will be paid a $250 per panel (4’ x 8’) stipend to offset costs of painting.

Call for Entry - Murals/Digital Images (English)

Call for Entry - Murals/Digital Images (Spanish)

Call for Entry - Photos


City of Watsonville Public Art Program

The City’s Public Art Program promotes the creation of art throughout the community. The approval process for public art projects is dependent on the project’s funding sources and proposed locations.

Program

Funding Source

Location

Phase 1: Community Initiated Public Art Projects

Fully privately funded:

- Private investment

- Donations

- Grant funding

Public Spaces, City Buildings and Rights-of-Way

OR

Privately owned commercial spaces visible from public spaces or rights of way

Phase 2: City Initiated Public Art Projects

Partially City Funded

OR

Fully City Funded

Public Spaces, City Buildings and Rights-of-Way


Community Initiated Public Art Projects

This program was developed for the approval of public art projects that (1) Will be fully privately funded through private, donation or grant funding, and (2) are proposed to be installed on public spaces, City buildings and rights-of-way or privately owned commercial spaces visible from public property or rights of way.

Community Initiated Art Guidelines

Community Initiated Art Application

City Initiated Public Art Projects

This program is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2020. See this page for more information in the future.