Public Art Commission

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​​​ Sixth floor, 301 E. Huron Street, PO Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107

734.794.6310 x43102
Fax: 734.994.1816​

Mission 

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is an advisory body to City Council with the goal of creating public art in Ann Arbor that improves the aesthetic quality of public spaces and structures and provides cultural and recreational opportunities that contribute to local heritage, stimulates economic and promotes the general welfare of the community.

We are not a source of funding and any proposed project should address a plan for funding. ​​However, we can provide visibility and feedback for proposals submitted and, if municipal space is part of your project, city ordinance requires you to seek our recommendations first. AAPAC meetings are open to the public; agendas and minutes for the Public Art Commission are stored on the Legistar Calendar.  

Flag design contest

The City of Ann Arbor is holding a flag desi​gn contest meant to encourage joy and civic pride in the community. The submission deadline has passed and designs are being considered by a panel of judges who will select six finalists and present those to the public for input before selecting a winner. More information about the contest and timeline is available on the flag contest website.  ​

American Rescue Plan Arts Grants

​On March 6, 2023, City Council adopted a resolution approved an agreement with Creative Washtenaw to design and administer a grant program for artists and arts organizations on behalf of the City using the ARPA SLFRF funds allocated for this purpose.

The Council approved​ up to $200,000 from the $500,000 allocation of ARPA funds for trauma-informed arts programs, including programs that:

  • Are intended to mediate the negative impacts of psychological trauma on the individuals creating or experiencing the art;
  • Support at-risk youth, BIPOC, and other marginalized populations who are at much higher risk for exposure to trauma;
  • Promote a culture of healing, safety, empowerment, awareness of past traumas, and have a focus on strength and resilience;
  • Are not necessarily administered by license-holding mental health professionals but are administered by individuals who make a good faith effort to employ trauma-informed principles.


PurposeApplicantsTotal requestedAvailable to Grant% of available $ Left to distribute (oversubscribed)
Recovery41$288,048  $280,000 102.87%$ (8,048)
Initiatives for Youth, BIPOC, Marginalized5$46,000  $180,000 25.56%$134,000 ​


The Review Panel:

  • Ingrid Ault – grants policy manager, Witt O'Brien and ARPA Grants manager/expert
  • Jamal Bufford – Ann Arbor Public Arts Commission and Project Specialist for Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper
  • Zita Gillis - Creator at Zitatini, Logistics/PR at Illuminatus Lasers
  • Thomas Reischl Ph.D. – Evaluation Director, U-M Prevention Research Collaborative
  • Praveena Ramaswami – Community Leader
  • Hananiah Wiggins  - Neutral Zone, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Activism Program Manager
  • Fang Zhang, Hughes Fellow at the University of Michigan

Creative Washtenaw Facilitators
  • Deb Polich, President/CEO 
  • Margaret Woodard, Project Manager

Virtual art tour

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Now you can take a virtual tour of public art in Ann Arbor. Learn more about each piece and the artist behind it. The tool also works on your smartphone, essentially​ serving as a digital guide. ​​​​

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Get involved ​

You can get involved by making a donation, organizing a ​neighborhood public art project, volunteer to serve on an AAPAC sub-committee or offer suggestions for public art themes and locations. If you'd like to suggest location, or concept, ideas for public art that the city could commission, please send an email to [email protected]​.
Public Art ​​Commissioners:​
​Cynthia Harrison, Member of City Council (non-voting)
Allison Buck, Chair, Marketing Director
Sarah Fuller,  Artist
Jamall Bufford,  Vice-Chair, ​WISD Project Specialist
Sophie Grillet, Fine Artist
John Kotarski, Educator
Marianetta Porter,  Artist/Professor
Mary Thiefels, Artist 
Peggy Leonard, Elementary Art Teacher​

​Citizens interested in supporting and promoting the City of Ann Arbor through participation on a city board or commission, please visit the Boards and Commissions page.