|Welcome to the Arroyo Grande Public Art Program!
Arroyo Grande Public Arts is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bringing public art to the City of Arroyo Grande. We hope to enrich Arroyo Grande’s visual appeal with art that reflects our unique culture and rich history, while providing local artists an opportunity to showcase their work.
What is Public Art? The term public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. The term is significant within the art world, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, with implications of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration.
Vision Statement: We envision beautiful, engaging open spaces with public art woven into the public infrastructure, where public art defines and reflects our community identity.
Mission Statement: Our Mission is to encourage and support Public Art projects that stimulate a cultural environment that reflects the city’s heritage and character. Our support will include but not be limited to identification, funding, installation, support, and maintenance of public works of art.
• Promote and support the work of local and national artists
• Respond to and reflect the diverse nature of Arroyo Grande’s population, history and growth
• Approach the entire city as a showcase for public art
• Engage the community to encourage public art sponsorship
“The Rooster Program”
The AG Public Art Program is launching “The Rooster Program” to announce the implementation of a Public Arts program in Arroyo Grande. The historic village of Arroyo Grande has long been the home of beautiful brightly colored roosters free to roam the creek and surrounding areas of the village. What better symbol to kick off a public art program for the city?
Sponsors will be given the opportunity to adopt a 3-foot tall rooster form for a $250 fee. Sponsors can engage an artist to decorate the rooster or a special group of their choosing. Those interested in being a sponsor should contact Nan Fowler at (805) 710-0381. The number of roosters for sponsorship is limited. Once they have flown the coop, there will be no more available.
The decorated roosters will be displayed across the city at either a sponsors’ place of business, at city hall, or other public venue from August 16 until mid September. All decorated roosters will be displayed at the Harvest Festival over the weekend of September 27. Festival attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite rooster in a number of different categories such as most beautiful, most colorful, most creative, etc.
Category awards will be given out to sponsors at a special Public Art gathering held on October 6 at the South County Regional Center. The one-of-a-kind roosters will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the auction will go to support the Arroyo Grande Public Art Program.
Times Press Recorder
Tolosa Press (Coast News)
Trudy Jarratt, Chair
Links (under construction):
• Guide Maps
• Schools and Community Organizations
• Art on the Move