Vermont Arts Council

Public Art

The Brattleboro Transportation Center's "Ask the River" kinetic sculpture. Photo: Evie Lovett.
Click to play this 2019 video of public art initiatives around the state.

Public art or “placemaking” influences the way people see and connect with a place. Murals, sculpture, memorials, functional or landscaped architectural elements, community art projects, digital media, performances, and festivals all add value, providing opportunities for people to experience art—even for those have never set foot in a gallery, museum, or theater. Public art enhances the built environment, creates social connections, sparks economic investment, builds a distinctive sense of place, and supports cultural tourism. It can be a key attribute in making communities healthier and more vibrant.

The Arts Council is committed to placemaking through the Art in State Buildings and Animating Infrastructure Grant programs and through support of the State of Vermont’s Better Places program. Artists interested in being considered for commissions should visit the links to the corresponding programs above to learn more.

Vermont Public Art Map

Learn more about Council-supported public art projects around Vermont and plan your next trip to them with our interactive map. Find public installations of sculpture, visual art, kinetic art, and more across Vermont and get directions to them with a click.

Vermont Public Art Map

Latest News

A Year in Reconnecting Communities Through Public Art  | Arts Council Feature, Dec. 6, 2023

Vermont Arts Council Announces Grants for Public Art Projects Across the State | Arts Council Press Release, Dec. 4, 2023

For more information, please contact Michele Bailey.

admin-place August 1, 2017