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Selma to Montgomery March--by Sunny Paulk from Scott Phillips on Vimeo.
Time-lapse video of the Selma to Montgomery March mural

Public Art Strategic Plan

The Public Art Commission has established a Public Art Strategic Plan to update and guide the master plan in its two main objectives 1) enhancing the quality of life in Montgomery through Public Art projects and productions that build an aesthetics of equity and 2) strengthening the downtown and adjacent historic neighborhoods as regional destinations of art and culture.  For a copy of the full plan, please click the link below.

Montgomery Public Art Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Mural Projects

The Public Art Commission has released a "call for proposals" for a mural to be placed on Maxwell Boulevard.  This is one of several mural calls that has gone out over the past year.

The first mural was related to the Voting Rights March of 1965 and placed at 121 Montgomery Street's exterior wall facing Lee Street.  This was a highly visible location for marchers who re-enacted the event in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the original march.

For more information on the most recent mural call, please refer to the Maxwell Blvd Mural Project Call for Proposals; any further questions can be directed to mgolson@montgomeryal.gov

Public Art in Montgomery

The City of Montgomery has a rich and vibrant past of displaying public art, many pieces focused on the history of the Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, and our strong ties to the military with the two major Air Force Bases, Maxwell and Gunter, located adjacent to Downtown. For a brief history of just a sampling of public art, please see our Public Art in Montgomery page.

Artist Handbook

The Public Art Commission has developed an Artist's Handbook to help guide them through the processes required for working with the commission, responding to calls, an creating work that will be in the public realm. Download the handbook by clicking the link below.

Public Art Commission Artist Handbook


About the Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission was established by City Council Resolution in August 2013 to coordinate activities dedicated to the placement of art in public places and to the promotion of public art to enhance the vibrancy of the city and quality of life of its citizens.

The commission’s primary goal is to have a systematic, but flexible, approach for

  • identifying suitable locations for the placement of public art
  • evaluating the aesthetic value of work proposed for placement in public places 
  • making informed decisions about the future needs for care and maintenance before art objects are placed on properties owned by the city or in partnership with private property owners

It is not intended to establish complicated procedures requiring excessive review of minute details which will deter patrons from donating art to the city or which will stifle the spontaneity and creativity of artists.

Working with private developers, property owners, museums, universities and other organizations the Public Art Commission is able to provide assistance in locating artists for specific projects that, although on private property, are open to the public for viewing and enjoyment.

City of Montgomery Public Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or selection of artists.

The Public Art Commission funds projects through solicitation of grants and other private funding.

Public Art Commission Members

  • Ashley Ledbetter, (Chair)
  • Bill Ford
  • Melissa B. Tubbs
  • Laurie Jean Weil, D.V.M.
  • Shae Seals
  • Helena T. Duncan
  • Rusty Gregory
  • Nathaniel Allen
  • Elliot A. Knight, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Mac MacLeod (ex-officio)
  • Mark M. Johnson (ex-officio)

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