Public Art

Public art has the power to transform daily experience by encouraging active engagement with our sense of place. It stimulates a community by attracting visitors, new residents, and businesses. There are over 400 municipal public art programs across the U.S. and Lawrence, like many cities throughout the world, implements the public art program to help share and celebrate its unique identity.

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission works toward assisting area artists with professional development and expanding the interaction between Lawrence citizens and art by overseeing the Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibit and the Percent for Art programs.


  Calls for Art/Public Art Opportunities Subscription List

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission has created a free public art opportunities e-mail notification subscription list. 

Anyone interested in seeing local, national or international calls for public art opportunities can subscribe for free!

To subscribe, click or copy and paste this link in your browser: and follow the instructions on the subscription page—Look under Arts and Culture - Calls for public art.  We’ll forward national, regional and local calls as they are received.

For more information, contact Porter Arneill,


  Percent for Art - Library Expansion Project

Take a look at the pieces of art on display at the renovated Lawrence Public Library!  View the artworks »


  Selected Public Artworks from the City's Collection