The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites you to explore its dynamic Public Art Program. Learn about the Public Art Collection, fun and interactive tours, open calls for artists, applications for an Arts Grant, or how to serve on the Arts & Cultural Commission.
Most Recent Installation:
Art Dedication at Fire Station No. 18
On July 23, 2018, the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department and the Arts & Cultural Commission held the dedication of the ceramic mural ‘Stay Together, Breathe’ by Jerimiah Heye at Fire Station No. 18, located at 6226 Ayers Street (map). ‘Stay Together, Breathe’ is a life-sized 11.5-foot-high by 8-foot-wide ceramic mosaic composition that depicts a lone firefighter in full gear standing before the flames. ► News Release offers more details.
View Corpus Christi’s entire Public Art Collection online interactive site. Search by city, title, artist, or location, and find descriptions, images, and the exact location pinpointed on a map.
View the Public Art Collection interactive booklet. Learn more about the Public Art Collection from 1914 – 2016.
VIDEO of Mirador de la Flor - in memory of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez
iSPY Public Art Trolley Tour Game for Kids map. Print this fun and interactive map guide. Collect your prize upon completion. See details.
Bayfront Art Tour of Corpus Christi brochure with map. Print your own copy of this tour and head to the Bayfront to see the art up close.
Rooms with a View brochure. Tour the City’s Public Library Art Collection with this brochure; and the next time you visit one of our libraries be sure to find the art housed there before you leave.
PERCENT FOR ART
The City of Corpus Christi is dedicated to expanding opportunities to experience art in public places and to promote tourism and economic vitality by improving the aesthetic quality of public spaces. In 1987, Corpus Christi became one of the first Texas cities to enact the ‘Percent for Art Program’ which incorporates artwork in the design of its civic spaces and capital projects. Corpus Christi strives to acquire quality works of art in a variety of artistic styles.
There are no Open Calls at this time.
Non-profit 501c(3) or tax-exempt organizations that provide arts programs and activities within the City of Corpus Christi are invited to apply for an Arts Grant. Funding for this is provided by Hotel- Occupancy Taxes and must be used in accordance with the Hotel Occupancy Tax Texas Tax Code Chapter 351 to directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry and promote the arts. The Arts Grant program runs from January 1 to December 31. Applications and Grant Workshops are available during the fall.
The Arts & Cultural Commission is made up of nine Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council, recommends the use, location, donation or purchase, conservation and promotion of works of art to be considered a part of the City’s Public Art Collection. The Commission also oversees the Arts Grant Program and provides opportunities for local arts organizations to recognize arts volunteers at an annual Arts Forum. Learn more about the city boards and commissions and the Arts & Cultural Commission.