Santa Rosa's Public Art Program strives to enrich civic life, give voice to Santa Rosa's unique creative spirit, and galvanize Santa Rosa's reputation as an arts destination. Maps of the artwalk are posted at the Courthouse Square Kiosks in downtown Santa Rosa. Scan the QR code to see the map on your mobile device, or click the link at the bottom of this page.
The Public Art Program worked with guest curators from 2002-2007 to design this innovative project to identify Santa Rosa as an art destination and to provide local sculptors with a place to exhibit their work. Originally, sculptures were on loan for 3-5 years, after which, new pieces were selected and exhibited. Overtime, the Public Art Program purchased several pieces which are now a part of the City’s permanent Public Art Collection.
In 2006, Downtown Santa Rosa was designated as an Arts District. With venues like Courthouse Square, Railroad Square, Juilliard Park, SOFA District and the Museums of Sonoma County, a wide range of arts and culture can be experienced. The goal of the Arts District is to showcase this beautiful and inspiring destination that maximizes the public's opportunities to experience art.
Artstart, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational arts organization serving all of Sonoma County, provides job training, mentoring and work experience in the visual arts while creating public art for the community. The Public Art Program collaborated with Artstart for several years on a summer apprenticeship program for young artists adding hundreds of art benches, art signs, murals, mosaics and sculptures to the City’s Public Art Collection.