A Resource for Arts Programs, Tours, and Artist Opportunities

Our Focus

Public Art Programs

Santa Cruz CityArts supports ongoing and annual public art programs that enhance the experience of visiting and living in the city of Santa Cruz.


Whimsical murals, distinctive sculptures, and wondrous installations that delight and inspire can be found all over the city. Discover their stories.

Artist Opportunities

Throughout the year, artists can apply for grants and residencies, propose public art projects, and collaborate with property owners and organizations.

About Santa Cruz City Arts

Santa Cruz City Arts ia a program of Economic Development, guided by the City's Arts Commission to enhance the economic and cultural benefits of public art.

Economic Development

We contribute to the $38.38m annual economic activity from the arts and culture sector

Public Involvement

Our art tours provide residents and visitors with information on experiencing public art

Collaboration Focused

Our programs often connect artists with local artists, businesses, and organizations.

Committed to the Future of the Arts

We co-develop and implement the City’s long-term vision for investments in public art

CARD - City Arts Recovery Design Program Grant

Santa Cruz City Arts, in collaboration with Arts Council Santa Cruz County, launched this Pilot Grant Program to support arts-based initiatives that contribute to our City’s recovery efforts.

This program invests in local artists to tackle pressing challenges and seeks to have a major impact on the well being of the City’s community and the health of its economy.

About Choose Santa Cruz

Choose Santa Cruz is the flagship program of Santa Cruz Economic Development (SCED). A department of the City of Santa Cruz, we promote economic vitality and growth citywide in four interconnected areas.

Business Development

We are your go-to resource for business growth and creation within the City of Santa Cruz

Infrastructure & Property Development

We guide complex multi-year City projects that drive and underpin our economy

Housing Development & Preservation

We shepherd multi-family mixed income housing projects from idea to move-in

Arts & Culture Development

We support the arts & cultural events that make Santa Cruz a great place to live, work, & visit