Artist Opportunities

Artist Opportunities

The Public Art Program works extensively with local, regional and national artists to bring permanent and temporary artworks that build the visual identity and reflect the diverse and exciting environment of the City of Palo Alto. Through its Percent for Art Program, the City provides opportunities for artists to create original works of art that comprise Palo Alto's rapidly growing collection of permanent and portable artworks.

All calls for upcoming public art projects are available on this page. If you would like to receive information about future art opportunities join our mailing list

Artists who wish to be considered for public art opportunities associated with construction in private development projects, contact Elise DeMarzo by email. 

Artist Resources 

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Public Art Network                                      

PAN develops professional services for individuals and organizations engaged in the field of public art. PAN is dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment. 

AFTA Public Art Resource Center


An online portal that provides a wide range of tools and resources tailored to the needs of professionals working in the public art field.

Forecast Public Art

Fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking. For 40 years, Forecast has improved the collective life of communities through a unique combination of responsive consulting services, rare one-to-one support for public artists, and abundant resources, including Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art magazine. 



A comprehensive application management system to accept and review applications and capable of handling media, forms and references all in one place.


CaFÉ, Call for Entry 

A comprehensive tool for all artists looking for arts opportunities — from competitions to public art calls. Additionally, CaFÉ enables organizations to build their calls for artists,manage applications jurying process in a cost-effective way. 



An online community for artists and design professionals to showcase their work, collaborate with one another, and earn recognition for their projects.


Coffee Chat: Legal Support for Artists Why exactly do artists need lawyers and legal support? 
Adam Holofcener Esq., Executive Director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, discusses how artists operate as a business and the types of situations they can find themselves in that have legal implications (both good and not so good). 
**Click the button on the right-hand side of the page that says "View Video." Please note, you must be a AFTA member to view.