Santa Cruz County History - Arts

Public Art in Santa Cruz
by Jessica Teeter

Statue of Tom Scribner
Statue of local figure Tom Scribner
Across from Locust St. on Pacific Ave.
Created by Marghe McMahon

Santa Cruz has long attracted artists of all kinds -- painters, sculptors, writers, and more. Today, the city honors this piece of the its history by featuring and encouraging public art.

The City Arts Commission of Santa Cruz works to enhance the aesthetic and cultural quality of life in Santa Cruz by creating policy for City Arts that emphasizes public art. This includes the website, which hosts photographs and information about local public art, including “SculpTOUR”, a rotating temporary sculpture exhibit.

The City Arts Commission also supports the Mural Program which offers incentives to business and property owners interested in mural projects. You can see photos of completed artwork in the Mural category on

Santa Cruz City Arts also publishes a flyer for taking a Walking Tour of Santa Cruz Public Art. You can download a PDF version of the flyer here.

Places to Go to View Public Art near Downtown Santa Cruz


Photo Credit: Jessica Teeter

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