Signed into law in 2004, the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act requires that eligible state capital improvement projects have 1.5 percent of their budgets invested in public art that represents the history and values of the state. The program advances state economic development goals and enhances public spaces for Oklahoma residents. In its management of the program, the Oklahoma Arts Council facilitates a process that brings together state government entities, artists, and local citizens in the commissioning or acquisition of artwork.
Calls for Artists
Project: Pathway to Hope Public Art Trail (Tulsa)
Deadline: November 15, 2021
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How does the program meet Oklahoma’s needs?
The Oklahoma Art in Public Places program augments the state's economic development goals and enhances public spaces for Oklahomans within their respective communities. Benefits of the program include:
- Fosters local and state pride
- Invests in the state's infrastructure
- Strengthens Oklahoma’s image
- Appeals to businesses and families
- Conveys community vibrancy
- Supports cultural tourism
- Enhances property values
Public Art Locations
Locations that may benefit from state public art projects include:
- State buildings
- Colleges and Universities
Oklahoma Public Art Network
The Oklahoma Public Art Network (OPAN) is an informal network open to any Oklahoman interested in advancing their understanding of the public art process. Ideal for emerging and experienced artists, arts administrators, architects, design professionals, civic leaders, municipal administrators, and more, the network can benefit anyone involved in the process of commissioning, conceptualizing, and creating public art. Through OPAN, the Oklahoma Arts Council facilitates the sharing of best practices and promotes standards of excellence. The network equips Oklahomans with resources to empower them to achieve their visions for public art projects. Goals of OPAN include developing artistic and administrative capacity in the public art field statewide and connecting artists with opportunities.
How do I join OPAN?
Join OPAN on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OklahomaPublicArtNetwork. OPAN is a free resource. There is no cost or obligation in joining the network.
2:00 p.m. Central Time
Zoom links available on Facebook
The Oklahoma Arts Council facilitates OPAN virtual meetings on the second Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Zoom links for each meeting are made available on the group Facebook page. Additional convenings will occur and will be posted on Facebook.
View past OPAN meetings on the Oklahoma Arts Council YouTube channel.
For more information, or to request program guidelines, contact our Director of Art in Public Places.