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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.
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
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
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. Please return to this site in the fall for information on upcoming grant cycles.
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
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:
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:
- Public Pianos out of Hibernation for the Summer (June 17, 2017)
- Davis Art Map Arose From a need to Sit (June 16, 2017)
- Davis Arts Center: Music, Exhibits, Inspiration Await you this Summer (June 16, 2017)
- City Announces Community Arts Grant Awards (March 24, 2017)
- 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.