City of Austin Cultural Arts Division

The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office provides leadership and management for the City of Austin’s cultural arts programs and for the economic development of arts and cultural industries.

The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, established in 1985, collaborates with local & nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity. Austin’s public art collection can be found at sites such as the airport, convention center, libraries, parks, police stations, recreation centers, and streetscapes, enhancing public spaces for all residents and visitors to our City. Public art located outdoors is available for viewing at all times. Certain works located indoors may be viewed during each facility’s regular hours of operation or by appointment only. Visit the Art in Public Places website to browse the collection and plan your visit.

The City of Austin is proud to present two exhibits at City Hall (301 W. 2nd Street) which highlight local creativity: The People’s Gallery and Faces of Austin. The People’s Gallery is a free, annual exhibition of 2- and 3-dimensional works which showcases regional artists and encourages public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. The artworks presented span a range of sensibilities and materials while holding to a high standard of quality in the field. An opening reception kicks-off the new exhibit each February and the exhibit remains on display for one year. Exhibition guides are available on the first three floors of City Hall so that visitors may do a self-guided tour.

Faces of Austin is a short film program featuring works by Austin filmmakers which reflect the many diverse faces, voices, and experiences of Austin. The films can be viewed on video screens in the City Hall atrium, as well as on Channel 6, online, and at special screenings throughout the year. An annual call to filmmakers is announced each year in the fall and selected films are shown in a public premiere as part of South by Southwest Community Film Screenings in March.