Cultural Arts

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The City of Whittier has a large and active arts community whose efforts are visible throughout the City and year-around. In 1987, the City of Whittier authorized the formation of the Cultural Arts Commission as the official agency for the encouragement and development of the arts in the community and schools.

The mission of the Whittier Cultural Arts Commission, appointed by the City Council, is to enhance the quality of life in the Whittier community by providing leadership, advice and advocacy on cultural arts. The Commission will accomplish its mission of support for arts in the changing community by identifying and prioritizing needs, and providing networking opportunities for arts organizations to enhance the quality of life.

To achieve its mission, the Commission has several standing committees that report on cultural matters and continue to encourage various programs throughout the community.


Art in Public Places

In 1993 the City Council adopted the Art in Public Places Ordinance (12.52), which established a percentage for art programs in the City. The intent of the program is to provide a collection of nationally recognized artwork throughout the City for public benefit. The Ordinance requires new residential, commercial or manufacturing development having a total value of $250,000 or more to provide artwork valued at one-half of one percent of the total project cost or pay in-lieu contributions equal to the same amount. The Art in Public Places Advisory Committee advises the Commission and the Council on public art matters.

For more information on the City of Whittier's Art in Public Places program, call the Community Services Division at (562) 567-9400 or e-mail comserv@cityofwhittier.org.


Call to Artists - Street Banner Program

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Street Banner Application

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"W Art Exhibit"

The Whittier Cultural Arts Commission is dedicated to promoting the arts in the City of Whittier.  On November 16 & 17, 2018, we will be hosting our 7th annual “W Art Exhibit”.  This will be the seventh installment of showcasing several renowned artists from Whittier and nearby communities that will be exhibiting their talents for the community to enjoy.  It is Free to the public. During our W Art Exhibit, join us on Saturday for the second annual Chalktastic event. Kids of 18 and under can participate in our Chalktastic contest for a chance to win free art supplies! 

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Chalktastic Flier


Lobby Art

Lobby Art

In 1989, the City and the Commission began the City Hall Lobby Visual Arts Exhibition program. Demonstrating the City's commitment to creating a culturally healthy community, the program has brought art and artists to the public at City Hall and Parnell Park for employees, visitors and residents alike to view and appreciate. Since that time, the lobby has exhibited a diverse collection of art including paintings, sculptures, textiles and photographs. The Visual Arts Committee reviews submissions and recommends an exhibit schedule to the Commission.

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