The mission of Allen's Public Art Program is to articulate the values and vision of the community by enhancing the aesthetics of our City's civic infrastructure, commissioning site-specific artwork and creating hands-on encounters with art.
Funding Allen's Public Art
The Allen City Council approved Allen's first public Art Master Plan in 2005. Since then, Allen voters have approved nearly $3 million in bond funding to commission public art projects, including $1.7 million in 2016. Many projects also involve contributions from the Community Development Corporation. Others are the result of public-private partnerships or by encouraging art in private development. View Allen's public art collection.
Recent and Upcoming Projects
Gone Swimmin' - Ford Pool
This collection of six mosaic columns was installed in April 2017 by artist Joshua Winer. Inspired by the work of Henri Matisse, the columns depict bands of swimmers fashioned from iridescent glass and gold-toned porcelain tiles. Four of the columns are visible from the pool's entrance. Two others provide structural support and architectural interest inside the facility. View details or watch the installation process.
Spirit Park Artwork
Bright and whimsical sculptures will help welcome visitors to Spirit Park, a 75-acre park currently under construction at the corner of Ridgeview Drive and Bray Central Drive. Artists from May + Watkins Design will create the freestanding sculptures, benches and bicycle racks modeled after native plants. The $122,743 project will be constructed from public art funds.