The City of La Quinta has committed to enhance the city with the Art in Public Places project, which serves to enhance its social and artistic growth. Because art already plays such an integral role in La Quinta, this program suits the lifestyle that we’ve created here.
The APP program was established in 1990, by City Council. Basically, the Art in Public Places project is exactly that: art that is placed all around our city. It attracts visitors and enthralls residents and enhances the environment of La Quinta. Artists can submit applications to have their art placed in a public space. The artwork is judged on artistic merit and appropriateness to the site that it will be placed at. It also needs to be one of a kind. This competitive selection process usually happens after the council has offered a request for proposals. As well, the La Quinta Arts Foundation has an artist registry, which allows artists to register based on their medium, so they can be considered for this program. Some of the pieces are also donated generously by the artist.
One interesting donated piece includes the 9/11 memorial, which was initiated by La Quinta Eagle Scouts, who worked with local designers and contractors in order to earn a badge.
Developers who are building commercial or residential communities can also take part in the Art in Public Places program. Working with the city, they can integrate public art into their new development.
The majority of the art pieces are located on city-owned properties and include:
• Fritz Burns Park
• La Quinta Park
• Cove Oasis
• City Hall
• Civic Center Campus
• Senior Center Library
• The Museum
As well, many pieces are displayed in artistic panels at custom bus stops, bridge railings and signal boxes throughout the city. Some of the many locations of public art in developments include:
• “Don” at Rancho La Quinta
• “Running Free” at Embassy Suites Hotel
• “Desert Dolman” at Figue Restaurant
• “Eagles” at Lowes
All public art pieces in the city are maintained by the city and repaired, if needed, by the artist. There are many future and upcoming spots for new artwork to be placed and include the La Quinta Museum and the SilverRock Resort. If you are a resident or visitor to La Quinta, the map on this page will help you find all of the great art pieces around the city.