Making Public Art More Public

PAA is a free, continually growing, online and mobile database of completed public artworks sited in the US and throughout the world. By uniting records from public art organizations and artists into one comprehensive resource, the Archive aims to raise awareness about the value of public art. Since the Archive’s inception in 2010, public art organizations and artists have submitted over 18,000 works of public art that are discoverable on the database and on the Locate Public Art application used for exploring public art on-the-go.

The Public Art Archive offers a suite of free and low-cost resources for the documentation, management, research, and exploration of public art built specifically for the field. The Public Art Archive addresses field-wide gaps in documentation and helps public art administrators and artists take advantage of digital tools built and supported in collaboration with public art professionals, with workflows tailored to public art collection management. 

Featured Collections & Special Projects

Austin, TX Public Art Collection

Established by the City of Austin in 1985, the Economic Development Department’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program 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.

This We Believe
A Citywide Mural Project from Mural Arts Philadelphia

In 2008 Mural Arts Philadelphia launched This We Believe, its first Citywide Mural Project. The goal was ambitious: to create a mural that would represent Philadelphia as the complex city that it is.
From beginning to end, This We Believe was about meaningful collaboration among Philadelphians with varied perspectives.

Alabama Mural Trail

The Alabama Mural Trail aims to provide the state of Alabama a sense of community, to drive economic impact, and to bring people together. This statewide trail encourages both locals and tourists to discover Alabama the beautiful.

Art of Recovery

As part of the City of Santa Monica’s Economic Recovery Task Force, Cultural Affairs launched Art of Recovery in November 2020. This grant program harnesses the arts to play a major role in recovery efforts while highlighting Santa Monica as a place of culture and unique experiences.

West Hollywood Public Art Collection

In 2008 Mural Arts Philadelphia launched This We Believe, its first Citywide Mural Project. The goal was ambitious: to create a mural that would represent Philadelphia as the complex city that it is.
From beginning to end, This We Believe was about meaningful collaboration among Philadelphians with varied perspectives.

Alexandria Public Art

The City of Alexandria Office of The Arts promotes the value of arts and culture in Alexandria by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations.

Highlighted Artworks from around the World