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Davis, CA 95616

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Arts & Culture

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Civic Arts

The goal of the Civic Arts program is to provide and support a wide variety of arts and cultural opportunities and education. City staff provides analysis, development, and implementation of Civic Arts programs and initiatives, supports the Civic Arts Commission, and undertakes special projects. 


New Art Acquisitions

The Civic Arts Commission is pleased to announce the acquisition of several new works of art into the City's collection:

Burka Boarder, Finley Fryer, 2010 IMG_8840

Balance Beam, Cedric Wentworth, 2000

Collaboration, 2012, built by California ceramic college students

Gandhi Statue, 2014, Ram Sutar 

Regal Cinema Benches, Donna Billick, Wes Horn, Mark Rivera, 2014

IMG_2625 IMG_3123


Special thanks to James Kidd, John Natsoulas, and the Indian American Community of Davis for these generous donations to the City collection. 


Community Arts Grants

The City of Davis Community Art Grant Program provides funds for a wide variety of community-based art programs and projects that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts.

This deadline for this year's competition has passed, and applications are no longer being accepted. New award recipients will be announced in January 2017.

Congratulations 2017 Art Grant Recipients!

The Arts & Cultural Affairs program is pleased to award $40,725 to artists and arts organizations in Davis for projects taking place in 2017. The City of Davis is excited to announce the following Community Arts Grant recipients:

  • Art Theater Davis ($4,000)
  • ACME Theatre Company ($3,850)
  • Chamber Players ($2,000)
  • Community Chorale ($2,400)
  • Danielle Fodor ($4,000)
  • Davis Arts Center ($4,000)
  • Davis Dirt ($3,575)
  • Davis Shakespeare Ensemble ($4,000)
  • Donna Wren Jury ($4,000)
  • Pence Gallery ($4,000)
  • Stories on Stage ($900)
  • Third Space ($4,000)

You can view a listing of all Arts Contracts awarded between 1973 and 2011 by the City's Arts program.

Artist Opportunities

There are currently no open Calls for Artists. Please check back regularly for new projects.

You can also sign up to receive email notifications from the City of Davis. Follow the link and select Civic Arts Commission to stay up to date on requests for proposals (RFPs) and upcoming calls.

Congratulations to the recipients of recent City of Davis public art commissions:

Danielle Fodor and Will Durkee

Danielle Fodor: Central Park painted utility box for the Farmer’s Market 40th Anniversary Celebration

Will Durkee: In the Key of Davis painted piano, Hunt Boyer Mansion plaza

Poet Laureate

On October 20, 2009 the City Council, wishing to encourage reflection upon the richness and diversity of the people, locations and traditions of the City of Davis established a two-year, honorary position of Poet Laureate of Davis, California. The Poet Laureate encourages the reading, writing, sharing and celebration of poetry.

The City of Davis is pleased to announce that Dr. Andy Jones will continue to serve as Poet Laureate. In 2014, Dr. Andy Jones was selected by the Civic Arts Commission and the Davis City Council, as the third honorary Poet Laureate of the City of Davis. His new term will run from September 2016-2018.

Dr. Jones is a long term resident of Davis, a continuing lecturer at the University Writing Program, is the Academic Associate Director for Academic Technology Services, is the editor of The Wheel and serves as the chair of the Davis Cultural Action Committee. He is an accomplished poet with many publications, is the recipient of multiple awards and honors and has recently published his second book. Additionally, Dr. Jones has long standing been an advocate for local poets including hosting a bi-monthly poetry series and conducting the “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” in which he has interviewed over 1000 poets.

Poet Laureate predecessors include Allegra Silberstein and Eve West-Bessier.

Davis Arts Calendar

There are several great resources for finding the latest and greatest arts events, exhibits, performances, and activities in the Davis area and beyond. Take your pick:

Arts Alliance Davis

Davis Dirt

UC Davis Arts & Entertainment 



Public Art

In 1973, the City created the Art in Public Places Program, and has since set aside 1% of all public funds allocated for Capital Improvement Projects to purchase art that enhances the quality of the Davis environment. Artists selected through this program represent a diversity of style and media. Sculpture, murals, paintings, tile work, and functional pieces are located around the city to enhance the quality of life for all Davis residents and visitors. 


Public Art Walking Tour and Gallery Guide

We are pleased to be updating our map and guide to Public Art in Davis, with the support of Marc Hoshovsky and the UC Davis Design Department. Check out maps and images of public art here, and stay tuned for an updated map and walking guide--coming soon!  

Our guide to public art and galleries provides information on public art around Davis and descriptions of galleries and local arts resources. Print copies of the guide can be found at city offices and many art galleries, or you can download a copy here: Public Art Walking Tour and Gallery Guide.

Arts in the News!

Learn more about all of the exciting developments in the City’s Arts and Culture Program:

Civic Arts Commission

The Civic Arts Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to art and culture in the community, and selects art to include in the city's art in public places collection. The commission encourages programs and methods that support creative activities to the highest standards, as well as increase public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of a variety of art forms.

The Civic Arts Commission currently has several openings. If you are interested in applying, you can get more information here:

To receive meeting agendas, announcements, and project RFPs by email please subscribe to eNotifications.

Partner Organizations

The Civic Arts Program works with other agencies and organizations to promote arts in the community.

Gandhi Statue