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Art in Public Places

About the Program

Rockville's Art in Public Places program was established in 1978. The program helps to generate an identity that continues to make Rockville a prime destination in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. The different pieces, scattered throughout the City, reflect the vitality and diversity of the people and businesses within the community. The arts are very important to the residents of Rockville, and serve to maintain and enrich the character of the community, improve the quality of life and foster economic development.

Rockville's Art in Public Places program is funded through two City sources and welcomes working with private partnerships.
  • The Arts in Public Places project requires the setting aside of an amount equal to one-tenth of one percent of the prior year’s adopted General Fund budget for the commission or acquisition of art to be owned and maintained by the City that is installed in publicly accessible locations.

  • The "Incorporation of Works of Art in Public Architecture" ordinance requires that one percent of the construction cost of City of Rockville construction projects be set aside for works of art.

In addition to being committed to an ongoing program for new permanent works of art, the Art in Public Places program annually supports temporary art projects.

The Art in Public Places program is administered by the Department of Recreation and Parks Arts Division staff working in conjunction with the City's Cultural Arts Commission. This public art program is guided through policies established in the master plan for the Art in Public Places Program, which is revised every six years.