Recognizing the arts as essential to the vitality of our city
The Urbana Public Arts Program and Commission was established by the City Council, in April 2008, to foster a city where all residents—emerging artists, established artists, and “non-artists” alike—may engage with the arts and where artists thrive and are valued.
The Arts, as used in this program, includes but is not limited to music, theatre, visual arts, dance, creative writing, film/video, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media.
An Illinois Arts Friendly Community, designated by the Illinois Arts Alliance and Illinois Municipal League in 2008. Through public support for the arts, the City of Urbana increases opportunities for the creation of art, thereby enhancing the quality of life, economic development, citizen participation, cultural awareness, and vibrancy of the community.
Arts Programs: For more information about our programs, click on the titles listed in the side bar to the left. Additionally, the Public Arts Program Plan for FY14-15 can be dowloaded from the files at the bottom of this page.
Support the Urbana Public Arts Program’s efforts to foster a city where all residents—emerging artists, established artists, and “non-artists” alike—may engage with the arts and where artists thrive and are valued. Your support enables us to fund more Urbana Arts Grants, create more public art projects in Urbana, and more!
Public Arts Commission meetings: Unless otherwise noted, the Commission meets regularly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:30PM, in the City Council Chambers, at 400 S. Vine Street in Urbana. All meetings are open to the public.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.