Public Art

Established in 1994 by Alameda County’s “2% for Art” Ordinance, the Public Art Program provides for public art elements connected to capital improvement projects undertaken by Alameda County. The unique artworks are created by professional artists and are integrated into the design of the structure or landscaping, or are in proximity to the project, in any number of treatments and media. Artwork is purchased or commissioned through an open competitive process. A separate call for artists is issued for each project. The Arts Commission administers the Public Art Program with guidance from the Public Art Advisory Committee, a body of nine citizens appointed by the Arts Commission.

decorative barriers on the street median

Community Updates

butterflies and California poppies

Public Art Collection

library with a mural of children reading, painted on the wall


Circle of Friends, Alice Beasley, 2012


The Alameda County Arts Commission manages the Utility Box Art Program in the Unincorporated areas of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.

To report graffiti or vandalism on a Utility Box in these Unincorporated areas, please visit the Alameda County Public Works Agency website at or use the County’s web based reporting system Mobile Citizen app.

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Artwork by Miriam Klein Stahl, Keep Close to Nature, 2021
Series of 17 cut metal panels, 48 x 60 inches. Commissioned for the East 14th Corridor Improvement Project.

Artwork by Yan Inlow, Butterflies Enjoying Poppies on a Spring Day #1, 2016
Embroidery, 20 x 20 inches. Commissioned for the Cherryland Community Center.

Artwork by Jos Sances, The Free-Form Flight of Lifelong Learning, 2009
Digital ceramic tile, 724 square feet. Commissioned for the Castro Valley Library.

Artwork by Alice Beasley, Circle of Friends, 2012
Fiber, collaged and stitched, 33.5 x 53 inches. Commissioned for the Highland Care Pavilion.

All artworks from the Alameda County Art Collection. Artwork copyright by the artists.
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