Public Art Programs
In 2017, the Elgin City Council approved the Public Art Plan for the city of Elgin. Since that time, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has implemented several of the programs listed in the plan.
New Works Program
The New Works Program focuses on creating two new pieces of public art each year. The Call for Art is open to artists of all levels, worldwide. Selected works will be awarded an honorarium with the work being installed in the fall. The 2023 Call for Art is currently open. To view images of the 2023 public art locations, click here.
Utility Box Wrapping Program
Working with the city of Elgin’s maintenance department and utility companies, utility works boxes will be heat wrapped with local artists’ artwork. Not only does this program deter graffiti, it also encourages community building and placemaking while promoting original artwork by local artists. See the Utility Box Wrapping page for more information.
Retired Works Program
The Retired Works Programs are designed for pieces of public art that have been retired from public view. There are three options available: donate, loan, or return. To view more information or to apply for the Retired Works Program, complete the application and submit it along with any additional documentation to Director of Cultural Arts & Special Events, Amanda Harris, on the first Monday of the month.
Public Art Tour
The interactive map below shows each piece of public art in a walkable area of Downtown Elgin. This printer-friendly version of the map can be printed at home.