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The mission of the City of Allen’s Public Art Program is to articulate the values and vision of the community by enhancing the aesthetics of our City’s civic infrastructure, commissioning site-specific artwork, and creating hands-on encounters with art. Public art projects will be accomplished through public-private partnerships and by encouraging public art in private development.

• Foster a sense of community pride.
• Develop geographic and social connections.
• Promote tourism and economic vitality.
• Enhance existing and future City facilities.

  • 2004: The Allen Arts Alliance, then a city council-appointed board, presents the idea of developing a public art program for the City of Allen.
  • August 2005: Allen City Council approves Allen’s first Public Art Master Plan, along with the public art ordinance.
  • May 2006: Public Art Committee is appointed by Allen City Council, as called for in the public art ordinance.
  • May 2007: Residents of Allen approve a proposition allocating up to 2% of the entire bond proposal to the funding of public art projects. Following the results of a successful election, the Public Art program was funded for just under $1.2 million for future public art projects. Community Development Corporation funds, as well as donations, may also be used to fund public art.

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