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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.
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.
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
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
The City of Davis Arts Program is pleased to announce a new Davis Arts Calendar. The calendar lists events, exhibits, performances, and activities in the Davis area and beyond.
If you have an event or listing for the calendar, you may add your event to the calendar.
Art In Public Places Program
Since 1973, the City has set aside 1% of all funds allocated for Capital Improvement Projects to purchase art that enhances the quality of the Davis environment. The 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 for your enjoyment.
You can view a map showing the locations of public art in Davis.
Public Art Walking Tour and Gallery Guide
A guide to public art and galleries is available. The guide provides information on public art around Davis and descriptions of non-profit and for-profit galleries. Print copies guide can be found at city offices and most art galleries, or you can download a copy: 2010 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:
- Next generation DHS Grad Tackles Migrant Issues with Short Film (December 23, 2016)
- Drawing the Lines of Community Ideals (November 13, 2016)
- Vandalism of Public Piano Hits a Sour Note (November 11, 2016)
- Mural Spruces up Davis Manor Neighborhood (October 23, 2016)
- Davis Manor Mural Photos (October 12, 2016)
- Welcome to Davis, Mr. Gandhi (October 14, 2016)
- Remembering Gandhi (October 5, 2016)
- Street Art (August 7, 2016)
- Public pianos return for summer musical fun (June 19, 2016)
- Street pianos fill Davis with sweet melodies (June 15, 2016)
- City Hall gets a design makeover from UCD students (May 27, 2016)
- Painted utility box project celebrates Davis Farmers Market (May 19, 2016)
- Local art sees a big boost from city grants (March 6, 2016)
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: 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.
The Civic Arts Program works with other agencies and organizations to promote arts in the community.