Public Art

ATTENTION: The Public Art Committee has issued a "Call for Artists" for a Watermen's Heritage Sculpture. Download the PDF HERE.

Havre de Grace has identified public art as an important tool for economic and cultural development, one that can simultaneously strengthen the fabric and identity of the community and raise its profile throughout the region and beyond. The goal of this effort is to develop and implement a comprehensive public art program rooted in the heritage, architectural and natural beauty of this city and environs, and in its strong sense of place. This City has an extraordinary opportunity to integrate the creative vision, experience and skill of seasoned artists of high caliber as allies in the ongoing struggle to refine and improve the character of its public places.

Professionalizing and formalizing the public art process is an essential step to attract the support, funding, sites and artists needed to achieve the full potential of public art for this city. The establishment of a professional public art plan and program by key partners with the support of City Council and Administration has provided a road map for that purpose. The best chance for the success and stability of any public art program is to build upon established policies and standards that follow national best practices and are grounded in the body of knowledge accumulated in the field over the last four decades.

The Public Art Committee, charged with implementation of the Public Art Plan, is comprised of artists, professional space planners, designers and other stakeholders. Successful implementation of public art projects will help transform Havre de Grace into a cultural center that radiates energy and excitement. It will encourage a broad sense of ownership, connection and engagement among citizens and elevate the city’s profile in the media. It will enhance the quality of life, and produce higher rates of engagement in other aspects of community life.