Public art provides social, cultural and economic benefits to the community; enhances the quality of life of residents; and promotes tourism. The City maintains a public art collection and undertakes public art projects, programs, and activities as part of its operations. Public art is artwork that is owned by the City and located on City property to be viewed and enjoyed by the public, often as a form of collective community expression.
The City of Manhattan's Donor-Initiated Public Art Application is for individuals and/or organizations who wish to install donated artwork on City property and have applicant-specified criteria for the public art, such as location, artwork, artist or theme. All proposed projects must include a completed application and required attachments. All applicants must review the City of Manhattan’s Donor-Initiated Public Art Policy prior to submission. Click here to review policy.
Once a complete application is received, City staff has up to 30 days for technical feasibility review. If deemed feasible by City staff, City Advisory Boards have up to 90 days to review and item will be scheduled with the City Commission within 60 days of Advisory Board's action. The City Commission has the full authority to approve or deny any project. The flowchart below illustrates the process.