Our Town

City of Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, California

$50,000

2012

Santa Rosa, California, is the county seat of Sonoma County. The city has several plans and ordinances related to the arts, such as 1% for Public Art in Private Development Ordinance and Business Plan for the Downtown Arts District. However, it does not have a comprehensive master plan for public art. The City of Santa Rosa will use its Our Town grant to develop such a plan.

The City's Art in Public Places Program will lead the project, working with the Sonoma County Museum and many local arts and business organizations. Funding will be used to hire a public art consultant selected through a competitive request for qualifications process; the consultant will facilitate community input, organize and host stakeholder meetings, and form focus groups of arts not-for-profit organizations. The Sonoma County Museum is planning to relocate to a building in downtown Santa Rosa, and the public art master plan will guide its incorporation of historic squares and public spaces for outdoor lectures, workshops, performances, and other educational programs. Project activities are expected to position downtown Santa Rosa as an arts destination.