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530-758-0204 FAX
530-757-5666 TDD


Office Address
23 Russell Blvd., Suite 1
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Arts & Culture

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The City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program supports community-based arts projects, cultural opportunities, and education initiatives that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts. The program is the clearinghouse for all creative activity in the City of Davis government, and serves the entire Davis community. We develop community partnerships, explore best practices, manage the public art collection, and support Civic Arts Commission activity and initiatives, including:

  • Managing programs for the cultural enrichment of the city.
  • Supporting artists & organizations in the cultural arts community.
  • Encouraging private initiative in arts & culture.
  • Increasing public understanding, appreciation & enjoyment of cultural activities in all arts disciplines.
  • Managing guidelines for the acquisition & care of all City-owned Public Art.
  • Administering the Poet Laureate program.
  • Promoting Arts Education efforts with Davis Joint Unified School District as well as local stakeholders.
  • Building community partnerships and providing leadership in the local arts community.
  • Promoting collaboration and partnerships with UC Davis students and faculty.
  • Partnering with Community Development efforts to integrate Art in long-term civic growth.

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.

Community Arts Grants

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

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Congratulations 2018 Art Grant Recipients!

The Arts & Cultural Affairs program is pleased to award $71,578 to artists and arts organizations in Davis for projects taking place in 2018-2019. The City of Davis is excited to announce the following Community Arts Grant recipients:

  • ACME Theatre Company ($3,850)
  • Davis Arts Center ($4,200)
  • Davis Chamber Players ($2,000)
  • Davis Community Chorale ($4,000)
  • Davis Dirt ($4,000)
  • Davis Manor neighborhood Council ($5,000)
  • Davis Media Access ($3,999)
  • Davis Musical Theatre Company ($2,500)
  • Davis Phoenix Coalition ($2,000)
  • Davis Shakespeare Festival ($4,000)
  • Ground and Field Theatre Festival ($4,000)
  • International House ($5,000)
  • Donna Wren Jury ($5,000)
  • Pamela Trokanski Dance Company ($5,000)
  • Pence Gallery ($5,000)
  • Silk Road Dabke Project/Youth Resist through Story and Dance ($5,000)
  • Statement of Love ($3,764)
  • Stories on Stage ($2,400)
  • Traditional Chinese Dough Figurines ($865)

Click this link for for additional information about these funded projects and the grants program.

The deadline for this year is now closed. Please subscribe to our Civic Arts calendar to receive notifications of upcoming opportunities. 2018 Community Arts Grant Guidelines can be viewed and downloaded here.

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City Supported Programs

The City's Arts & Cultural Affairs program is proud to support and/or partner with a wide range of locally produced creative community programs:

Ground & Field Theatre Festival 

UC Davis Department of Design




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 Gandhi Statue

Balance Beam, Cedric Wentworth,1999

Collaboration, 2012, built by California ceramic college students

Gandhi Statue, 2014, Ram Sutar 

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

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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:will durkee 3


Will Durkee: In the Key of Davis painted piano,Davis Food Co-Op

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

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 & Cultural Affairs Program:

Arts in Private Development

There is an abundance of research supporting the essential role public art plays in enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living, working, and visiting a community. The tangible impact on social climate, walkability, real estate pricing, public safety, and community pride cannot be ignored. To support the work of local private developers, we have collected resources from other cities and associations that address the benefits of inclusion of public art in private developments. For more information, or support in your project, please contact our Arts & Cultural Affairs staff at or (530) 757-5640.

Public Art Network: Public Art and Private Development Resource Guide For Developers

Add Value Add Art: A Public Art Resource Guide for Developers

King County Public Art Program: Public Art & Private Development Report on Program Policies

Palo Alto Public Art in Private Development

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.

If you are interested in applying for future openings on the Civic Arts Commission, you can get more information here:

To receive meeting agendas, announcements, and project RFPs by email please subscribe to eNotifications by selecting the Civic Arts Calendar option.

Partner Organizations

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

Gandhi Statue
Community Park