“Public art can be transformative to the image of Santa Maria.” So begins the City’s Public Art Master Plan, which the City Council adopted back in December 2019. Since then, much has been accomplished, and we can look forward to more beautiful art projects.
Anyone who sees sculptures and murals while walking, bicycling, or driving, sees that it makes the City a nicer place. Public art not only builds up the character of our community, it instills a sense of pride. It can bring people together by starting conversations and engaging residents in their surroundings. Further, our public art is for the most part, created by local artists. Many pieces tell a slice of Santa Maria’s unique history.