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Phone
530-757-5602
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530-757-5666 TDD

Email
cmoweb@cityofdavis.org

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.


Call for Artists!

The City of Davis invites area artists to submit qualifications for an upcoming public art installation series. Think Outside the Box will be similar to the already painted utility and traffic control boxes in downtown Davis, however the use of printed vinyl will provide opportunities to showcase the artwork of more artists and designers; in a wider range of media including paint, photography, graphic design, illustration, and mixed media. A $500 honorarium will be awarded to each artist whose work is selected. Selected proposals will demonstrate high quality design and originality, with work that will enhance the surrounding areas of the boxes. Complete RFQ and guidelines can be downloaded here.

The City highly encourages submission of artwork from artists who may have not created public art in the past. Due to the flexible nature of the vinyl medium, the boxes can accommodate a wide range of creative work. For examples, please see the Capitol Box Art Project in Sacramento.

The application deadline is Monday, October 15th at 5:00 P.M.


Community Arts Grants

Community Arts Grants Guidelines are now available.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. Access more information and an editable application by selecting the 2019 Art Grants tab in the upper right corner.

The application deadline is Friday, November 2nd at 5:00 P.M.

2019 Community Arts Grant Application Guidelines can be viewed and downloaded here. 

Please subscribe to our Civic Arts Commission calendar to receive notifications of upcoming opportunities.

A helpful WORD version of the application can be accessed here: 2019 Community Arts Grant Application Guidelines 

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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 additional information about these funded projects and the grants program.

 


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 James Lee Jobe has been selected as our city's next Poet Laureate. Jobe is our city's 4th Poet Laureate. He will be inducted at a City Council ceremony on September 25th, 2018, and his term will run through September 2020.

James Lee Jobe has been published in Chiron Review, Manzanita, Tule Review, Pearl, Poetry Now, and many other periodicals. His online publications include Convergence, Knot Magazine, Poetry 24, Medusa’s Kitchen, bloodsugarpoetry, and The Original Van Gogh Anthology. His poems are in several anthologies, including SACRAMENTO VOICES, and HOW TO BE THIS MAN. Jobe has authored several chapbooks, including WHAT GOD SAID WHEN SHE FINALLY ANSWERED ME, and his blog is at james-lee-jobe.blogspot.com. Jobe hosts two on-going poetry reading series and teaches a poetry workshop in Davis, California, where he has lived for many years.

Poet Laureate predecessors include Dr. Andy Jones, Allegra Silberstein and Eve West-Bessier.


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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 (gift of the John Natsoulas Gallery)

Collaboration, 2012, built by California ceramic college students, (gift of the John Natsoulas Gallery)

Gandhi Peace Statue, 2014, Ram Sutar (gift of the Indian-American Community of Davis)

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

Regal Cinema Benches 


Artist Opportunities

The City of Davis invites area artists to submit qualifications for an upcoming public art installation series. Think Outside the Box will be similar to the already painted utility and traffic control boxes in downtown Davis, however the use of printed vinyl will provide opportunities to showcase the artwork of more artists and designers; in a wider range of media including paint, photography, graphic design, illustration, and mixed media. A $500 honorarium will be awarded to each artist whose work is selected. Selected proposals will demonstrate high quality design and originality, with work that will enhance the surrounding areas of the boxes. Complete RFQ and guidelines can be downloaded here.

The City highly encourages submission of artwork from artists who may have not created public art in the past. Due to the flexible nature of the vinyl medium, the boxes can accommodate a wide range of creative work. For examples, please see the Capitol Box Art Project in Sacramento.

The application deadline is Monday, October 15th at 5:00 P.M.

 


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:

 


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 rhartsough@cityofdavis.org 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: http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/city-council/commissions-and-committees/apply-to-serve-on-a-city-commission

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


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:


Partner Organizations

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

Gandhi Statue
Community Park