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Culver City’s Art in Public Places Program Turns 30 Today

Image is a sculpture of a man with birds in front of a skyscraper. The Art in Public Places Program turns 30 today and in honor of that 30thyear anniversary Culver City is offering many different ways to celebrate.

The Art in Public Places Program was adopted on August 29, 1988 by the Culver City City Council.  The program was established by ordinance and applies to most private and City development projects.  It was created to balance Culver City’s physical growth and revitalization with its cultural and artistic resources.

According to the Culver City Public Art webpage, the purpose of the Art in Public Places Program is to improve “the general welfare of the city, and increase the availability of art to a broad and diverse group of people.”

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was interested to learn that the original Art in Public Places Program ordinance has changed some over the years.  Funding has been added for an annual Performing Arts Grant Program, along with an option of having a building’s architecture fulfill the Arts in Public Places requirement.  A cultural facility was also incorporated at the development site.

Today, there are over 100 individual artworks included in the City’s Art in Public Places program. These pieces span across the Culver City Real Estate area.  Many are on public (City-owned) property but others are on private property, though still easily visible to the public.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, encourages all who are interested in celebrating the Art in Public Places Program anniversary to take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • A downtown cultural walking tour in book form – pick up your free copy from City Hall in September
  • Sketchbooks for all CCUSD 3rd graders will be distributed during National Arts in Education Week in September
  • A free downloadable mobile app for the downtown cultural walking tour – available in September
  • A temporary art installation for City Hall which will be revealed soon

Image is a bronze sculpture of three young girls playing next to a lake.