Cultural Affairs Office
Civic Art Program
Since 1999, Houston’s Civic Art Ordinance has required that 1.75 percent of the budget for eligible City-funded construction projects be spent to integrate artwork and the ideas of artists in public spaces and to conserve the City Art Collection.
Houston’s Civic Art Program has commissioned hundreds of site-specific artworks and completed conservation projects across the city. The City Art Collection provides residents and visitors the opportunity to encounter art in airports, the convention center, libraries, parks, police stations, health and recreation centers and streetscapes.
There are more than 600 pieces in the City Art Collection that include paintings, murals, prints, drawings, photographs, videos, stained glass, statues, sculptures, monuments and fountains.
Current Calls for Civic Art
Barbara Jordan Commemorative Project Request for Qualifications
The City of Houston Civic Art Program is commissioning an interpretive monument commemorating the celebrated Houstonian, Barbara Jordan. The monument will be designed and built for the African American Library at the Gregory School. The RFQ is a national call for artists and Houston artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
The project has an anticipated total budget of up to $235,000 inclusive of all work. The City of Houston is asking artists to interpret this memorial creatively. We will be asking an artist to think about her inspiring life, her talents as an orator, her achievements as a leader, and her commitment to the people of Texas as a way of telling her story to Houston and to the World.
The deadline for submission of qualifications is Monday, September 23rd.
- More info about the RFQ can be found at https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/barbarajordan.html
Temporary Art Permitting Information
The City of Houston has regulations, procedures and permit requirements to authorize artwork for placement on City of Houston property such as a right of way, park, health center, police or fire station, library or community center. This includes artworks such as murals, sculptures, art displays and commemoratives. Permanent artworks require approval by Houston’s City Council. City Department Directors may authorize Temporary Art Permits.
- APPLICATION & GUIDELINES FOR TEMPORARY PLACEMENT OF ART ON CITY PROPERTY - Minimum 40 consecutive days immediately preceding the date sought
- Logos/branding/advertising in Murals on Private Property -– https://edocs.publicworks.houstontx.gov/documents/
- Street Art Events -- https://www.houstontx.gov/specialevents/permittinginfo.html
- Park Art Events and Reservations -- https://www.houstontx.gov/parks/permits.html
- Art in the Parks
- Art at Houston Airport Systems
- Houston Art Map
- FY2018 Civic Art Program Annual Report
- FY2017 Civic Art Program Annual Report
- Civic Art Program Evaluation + FY2016 Civic Art Program Annual Report