In 1990, the City of Olympia passed an ordinance designating that one dollar per person and one percent of major City construction projects be set aside for public art. Projects range from small local artist projects in neighborhood parks to major installations and design teams.
In 1998, the Olympia Arts Commission created a long-range plan for public art in Olympia. The vision for the future states:
"We envision a public art program that is inspiring-thought provoking and functional, inclusive and diverse. We envision a public art program that is woven into the community and our daily lives-our neighborhoods, parks, buildings, infrastructure and public spaces. We invite all segments of our community to work with the City to sustain the current vitality of the arts and embrace new challenges".
The City of Olympia is host to more than 80 City, State and privately owned works of public art. The majority of pieces are easily accessible for viewing by the public.
For more information about Olympia's public art collection and for artist opportunities,
City of Olympia Arts Program
222 Columbia St. NW
Olympia, WA 98501
To learn more about art owned by the State of Washington, visit www.arts.wa.gov/