Public Art Program

Left to right: “Without a Shout” by William Wareham (Cloverdale Sculpture Trail); “Summer” by Alison Saar (Sonoma Valley Museum of Art); “Steppin’ Out” (City of Santa Rosa); “Culture Vultures” by Patrick Amiot (County of Sonoma). Learn more about these pieces and many more in the Creative Sonoma Public Art Directory

Public Art in Sonoma County


  • Sonoma County’s Public Art Plan
  • Our Public Art Programs and Projects
    • Public Art Directory
    • Grants: ArtSurround and Pop-Up Creativity
    • Special Projects: Demonstration Projects and Creative Re-Opening
    • Fire Memorial Public Art Project

Public Art Plan and Reports

The Strategic Plan that established Creative Sonoma in 2014 included a long-term goal of assessing and developing a Public Art Plan for the County. Our staff have been researching best practices and working with public art experts since 2018 in preparation to present a plan in 2023. 

With funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a Sonoma County Public Art Plan is in development during 2022-2023. Watch this space for more information – and ways to participate – soon. 

In preparation for the development of the Sonoma County Public Art Plan, multiple studies were undertaken to assess the role of and resources for public art in our community. 

  • Public Art Benchmarking Study for Sonoma County (2021), funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Read the report HERE
  • Creative Sonoma: Public Art Study (2019). Read the report HERE.

Our Public Art Programs and Projects

  • Search a constantly growing directory of where to find public art in Sonoma County. Explore hundreds of art works HERE
  • ArtSurround Training Cohort and Grants (2022). Learn about the creative placemaking program HERE, about the 2022 Grantee Artists and Projects HERE, or about the grants HERE
  • Pop-Up Creativity Grants (2017-2019). Learn about past grantees HERE
  • County of Sonoma Demonstration Projects (link coming soon)
  • Creative ReOpening (2020-2021). Learn more about the project HERE, or watch the project video HERE.

In December 2022, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to create and install a commemorative artwork recognizing the lives of those who perished in the 2017 wildfire complex. Creative Sonoma, a division of the Economic Development Board, will facilitate the project on the County’s behalf. Learn more about the Fire Memorial Work Plan and the associated Task Force HERE