Art Opportunities

Think Outside the Box

Treasure BoxSince 2007 individual artists, teams of artists, students, schools, community organizations of all ages and patrons have made neighborhood sidewalks and street corners a livelier experience for pedestrians thanks to their partnership with the City of Ventura Public Art Program. “Think Outside the Box” is a streetscape showcase for talented local artists and community members to transform street light utility boxes and boxes that house traffic signal controllers into new public artworks. Listing of artists with a map of completed utility boxes
Donor funding is needed to continue this project. Artists and patrons may apply anytime as the project is ongoing as funding becomes available.
Think Outside the Box application for artists and donors
Think Outside the Box template for your proposed design

Beautifying Bins: Trash Can Public Art Project

The “Beautifying Bins”: Trash Can Public Art Project in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability Division is seeking artist and/or artist BeautifyingBins phototeams to transform trash bins for the Santa Clara street parking garage in downtown Ventura into functional AND artistic receptacles. The project known as “Beautifying Bins”: Trash Can Public Art Project encourages artists to transform the bins into works of art to minimize vandalism as well as instill a sense of community pride. We are seeking four designs, one for each of the four boxes available. An artist may propose to paint just one box or all four. We would like to maintain the symbolism and signage elements on the box but creatively enhance the boxes beyond their formal paint job. We’re looking for but not limited to colorful creatively stimulating designs that inspire the disposing of trash and recyclables responsibly.


An honorarium will be offered in the amount of $500 for each of the four available boxes. Each artist will also receive a $100 paint voucher to be used at a local paint supply company. The budget will be all-inclusive and must cover all expenses associated with the concept, implementation, and post-implementation of the commissioned Trash Can Art Project, including design development, production, and execution.


This request for proposals is open to professional artists, artist teams, or arts organizations who live, work, or operate in the City of Ventura.
Selection Process

On Tuesday, May 8, the Public Art Commission will review all proposals received before or on the deadline of Monday, April 30. The goal is to have artist(s) begin painting mid-May.

For more information please view the Beautifying Bins Request for Proposals document or email [email protected]

Mural Design

Flower mural The City of Ventura welcomes proposals for mural designs. The application process and guidelines are intended to provide mural applicants with a reasonable process that will safeguard the interest of the community as well as those of the individual property owner. The following information is to assist you in your preparations.

Mural Design Guidelines
Mural Design Information Form
Artist Waiver for Murals
Visual Artists Rights Acts
California Art Preservation Act
Sign Regulations
To make an appointment for mural review or for further information please contact Tobie Roach, Public Art Project Manager, at (805) 658-4759.

Coastal Communities Cancer Center- Art Exhibit

Coastal Communities Cancer CenterThe City of Ventura Public Art Program in partnership with Community Memorial Hospital invites area artists to submit proposals to exhibit original art at the Coastal Communities Cancer Center. The primary goal of the artwork is to inspire residents and visiting patients alike with the inspirational qualities of art. Requests for Proposals for Coastal Communities Cancer Center are accepted year round.

Temporary Installations

Painted pianoThe City of Ventura's Public Art Program offers a unique opportunity for artists to temporarily install their works in public spaces throughout the city. Temporary installations may be created with unusual media or installed in unexpected places.
Temporary installations are defined by an exhibition period of less than one year. Upon installation the artist and artwork will be announced to local and regional arts media through a Citywide press release.The artist and/or sponsoring organization is responsible for funding, installation, insurance, maintenance, timely removal of the artwork, and restoration of the site.

Artists wishing to exhibit work should download the Temporary Installations Application (PDF)and Checklist (PDF).
For application assistance, please contact Cary Glenn, Acting Community Partnerships Manager at 805-658-4793.