For more than 160 years, the City of Saint Paul has written its own history alongside the Mighty Mississippi, its natural beauty and scenic vistas punctuated by the painstaking work of artisans who built the city’s famous landmarks. The legacy of Minnesota’s capital city – the confluence of commerce and splendor, artistry and industry – is rooted in its history, and public art is a critical part of that legacy because it tells the stories of the people and places that matter to all of us.
Since 1987, Public Art Saint Paul has been honored to play a critical role in creating and maintaining that legacy by bringing artists together with communities. The result is a public sphere that fosters imagination, explores civic values and the community’s evolving history, and strengthens public places as vessels of public life. Public Art Saint Paul artists have shaped the parks, streetscapes, bridges, and structures of Minnesota’s capital city, created artworks for public buildings and open spaces, and produced temporary art installations and public art events. Public Art Saint Paul also advocates for and supports artists who collaborate in the planning and design of public places and structures, while engaging young people in awareness and stewardship of public places and art through educational programming. Led by Public Art Saint Paul, its generous supporters and the entire artist community, contributions to the spirit and practice of public art are a monumental part of what makes Saint Paul a beautiful place to live, work and create.