Kelowna's Public Art Program
The Public Art Program was established by resolution of Council in 1997. As of November 2013, the Public Art Collection included over 60 installations located throughout Kelowna ranging from murals and banners to sculptures and works integrated into local streetscapes.
The goal of the Public Art Program is to help create culturally-enriched public spaces. More specifically, public art is a key component in the provision of public spaces that are not only safe and comfortable, but also foster a sense of place and an emotional attachment to Kelowna’s urban environment.
To this end, the City of Kelowna Public Art Program works with the City’s annual capital budgeting process. All capital projects considered for implementation in the coming budget year are assessed for the feasibility and appropriateness of incorporating a public art component.
These projects can include various forms of utilities infrastructure as well as roads and streets, parks, natural areas, and municipal buildings. As such, public art can be planned as part of the overall design process with the result being a high degree of integration between an artwork and its site or location.
Up to one per cent of the annual capital budget is set aside by City Council each year towards the funding of public art. This amount can be supplemented by the capital budgets of those projects that have a public art component. The amount of the supplement is determined by Council on a project-by-project basis.
The City’s Public Art Collection as well as several other publicly-accessible artworks not owned by the City can be viewed online in the Public Art Brochure. Copies of the Brochure can also be found at City Hall, 1435 Water Street, and at Tourism Kelowna as well as the lobbies of various hotels and cultural venues.
Community Public Art
Community Public Art is a sub-program within the Public Art Program. The aim of the Program is to nurture a collaborative process between practicing artists and the community. It encourages the creation of publicly accessible artworks, fosters community pride and identity, and reflects the diversity of the community. It is as much about process as it is about the artistic product or outcome. Through the creative process the community can creatively express its needs and aspirations.
Non-profit organizations that operate within Kelowna are eligible to apply for a Community Public Art Grant. Visit the Cultural Grants page for application information.
Public Art Coordinator
Tel 250 469-8605