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WHY IS PUBLIC ART IMPORTANT TO US?

Public art can celebrate and make visible our aspirations, values and heritage. It can give expression to the many directions that constitute our communities and can characterize our sense of place. Public art can be used to activate space and invigorate communities. Thoughtfully implemented public art can offer cultural meaning to Anaheim and convey its spirit and energy to ourselves and our visitors.

Muzeo Sign by Chance O’Neil

WHY DOES ANAHEIM NEED A PUBLIC ART PLAN?

The Anaheim Public Art Master Plan will help integrate and unite our city together through defining and projecting our values and unique qualities to the immediate region and the world beyond our borders. Our plan will create a roadmap for how we begin to activate our many communities to implement and enjoy public art while also celebrating Anaheim’s spirit and artistic expressions.

Love Mural by members of the Vineyard Anaheim Church under the direction of artists Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan

HOW CAN PUBLIC ART TRANSFORM A CITY?

Public art provides meaning to our public spaces, reflects our history, current conditions and the aspirations of our city. It adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods, and humanizes our built environment. Public art provides the intersection between our past, present, and future, and also has the power to elevate and unite our city through its unique ability to create gains in social, economic, and cultural value.

  • Social Value: When people see themselves reflected in their civic spaces, they have a sense of attachment that allows them to feel ownership and respect.
  • Economic Value: Enhancing the identity and character of Anaheim through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development strategies, which can attract and retain residents.
  • Cultural Value: Public Art has the power to invite contemplation, cultivate curiosity and creative thinking, and to create uniqueness through the reflection of local history and culture which gives communities a sense of place and identity.

WHAT DOES PUBLIC ART LOOK LIKE IN 2021?


HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Anaheim is encouraged to be involved in shaping the Public Art Master Plan. Here’s how:

      1. Tell us about your neighborhood. Take our Community Character Survey and tell us what makes Anaheim unique and special.
      2. Get creative. Think about what makes Anaheim interesting, unique, a great place to visit or a great place to call home… then send us those thoughts via photos, renderings, sketches, essays, short stories, ideas, tall tales and one-liners. Just use the “Submit Image or Idea” button below.
      3. Take The Project Survey. Using this link, share your ideas and vision for public art by taking this survey. Feel free to send it out to friends and neighbors.
      4. Email us. Contact us anytime at this link. 

MAP TOOL

Using the map tool below and your mouse cursor, highlight and feature the location of special places, current public art, or areas that would be great for public art!  Follow the steps below to participate. 

  1. Click image below to open map in new window.
  2. Navigate to area in Anaheim to drop a pin.
  3. Click the Green selection button in the top left corner.
  4. Drop pin where you'd like to mark your selection.
  5. Choose a type of pin and share a description of it.

NEIGHBORHOOD ORAL HISTORY

Mural by Millard Sheets

Document and preserve the local stories and history of your neighborhood!

Our team is looking to collect local stories from neighborhoods throughout Anaheim. Share your special stories so we can document and preserve them for generations.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE ANAHEIM PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN?

October 2020 - March 2021: Information Gathering and Research, Project Planning, Public Art Inventory Setup

March - June 2021: Community Engagement

June - September 2021: Master Plan Writing

October 2021: Community Review of Recommendations

December 2021: Community Presentation of Final Public Art Master Plan


EVENTS

DISTRICT WIDE PUBLIC ART WORKSHOPS

Join the Public Art Master Plan team and your neighbors for an opportunity to co-create the future of public art in your district. This workshop will focus on how public art can create better neighborhoods, public spaces, and programming in your district. 

These events are virtual and family friendly and will all take place from 6pm - 7:30pm.

Register For District 3 Public Art Workshop, Monday, April 19

Register For District 4 Public Art Workshop, Wednesday, April 21

Register For District 5 Public Art Workshop, Monday, April 26

Register For District 6 Public Art Workshop, Thursday, April 29

Register For District 1 Public Art Workshop, Monday, May 3

Register For District 2 Public Art Workshop, Thursday, May 6

RESOURCES

Over the coming months, we'll be sharing project resources here that support this planning project. Check back soon for these updates!