Tempe Public Art aspires to cultivate a unique community identity that advances Tempe as a vibrant and progressive destination. Tempe's diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations, and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe's sense of community and place.
Tempe Public Art is funded by the Municipal Arts Fund. One percent of the City's total annual capital improvements budget is appropriated for the Municipal Art Fund in order to advance art in all its forms. Learn More
Art in Private Development
The City of Tempe Art in Private Development Ordinance, passed in 1991, has been instrumental in adding more than 95 privately owned artworks to the city, blanketing Tempe's 39.5 square miles with public art that is always accessible. The ordinance requires large, private retail and office developments to commission artwork on their property or support local cultural programs. Learn More
Tempe Public Art is home to several temporary art initiatives that encourage emerging and seasoned artists to create innovative pieces in the City. These dynamic projects offer new perspective on the connections between community organizations, local businesses, artists and audiences. Learn More
Tempe’s Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant program supports efforts to improve and enhance community spaces and cultivates opportunities for neighbors to commission artwork and other improvements. The Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant program is funded and run by the Neighborhood Services Division and supported by the Public Art program. Learn More