Public Art Commissioners

Below is a list of local MD organizations' who regularly sponsor public art in and around the Gateway Arts District. as well as a list of DC and federal grantors who offer regular Public Art programs. Artists, we recommend these readings and tips from the Americans 4 the Arts website.


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1. Opportunities throughout Prince George's County and the Gateway Arts District

 Find Gateway Arts District Organizations

 Open the Public Art Locator


2. Maryland State Opportunities

Maryland State Arts Council Public Art Grants

Yearly Grant, FY 2019 TBA. Supports the implementation of local public art projects. County arts councils funding or supporting community-based public art projects in their jurisdiction are eligible to apply for funding. The Public Art Project Grant provides matching grant support for a single community-based public art project. The project must be permanently installed in a public place and accessible. General operating support is not available through the Public Art Project Grant. Contact Steven Skerritt-Davis, Program Director, O 410.767.6494.

For opportunities in other Arts Districts, visit the Maryland State List of Arts Districts


3. DC and VA Opportunities

  • Public Art Building Communities - Available to individual artists and organizations to create and install temporary or permanent public artwork that enhances District neighborhoods. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: sculpture, mosaics, artistic streetscape improvements, murals, paving patterns, video installations, custom benches, stained glass windows, artistic gates and railings, etc. Funding is available for all fees associated with the design, fabrication and installation of the artwork(s) including: artist fees, materials, insurance, engineering, shipping, fabrication and installation services, permits, copyright registration, and photographic documentation. Permanent projects must have a lifespan of at least five (5) years. Temporary projects have a lifespan of less than 5 years. Contact Keona Pearson, Public Art Project Manager, at or 202-724-5613.
  • Cultural DC - CulturalDC offers a new paradigm for the DC area by re-imagining public art and activating unconventional locations. CulturalDC encourages surprising and inventive directions for art in the public realm.
  • Arlington Public Art Program - Arlington's Public Art Program is administered by the Community and Public Art Section of the Cultural Affairs Division, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. View the Boom! Seasonal Newsletter here.


4. National Opportunities

  • Public Art Fund - Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.
  • Americans for the Arts Public Art Network - Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of Public Art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing Public Art more about at programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.
  • Project for Public Spaces - Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.


That's all we list for now. Have a recommendation to add to our list? Let us know. Or, head back up top.