The Arts and Culture Commission aims to promote public art that is meaningful to the site and to the community in order to aspire to be an arts destination in Los Angeles County.  The following are public art initiatives have been sponsored by the Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program. 

Art Happens Anywhere (AHA)
Temporary Public Art Projects (2020 - 2022)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its devastating effects on the arts and culture community, the City of Glendale's Library, Arts & Culture department and the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission re-launched the Art Happens Anywhere (“AHA”) Program, with the purpose of encouraging the expansion of arts and culture activities to benefit the citizens of our community during these unique times. 


Through innovative uses of digital and virtual technology, audience interactivity, and unconventional delivery methods, the AHA Program seeks to foster progressive attitudes toward art, art-making and performance, and to elevate the role of art in enhancing a community.


Word on the Street 

Artist: Scott Froschauer

On display through November 2021

From November 2019 – November 2021, the City of Glendale will host 18 signs by multi-media artist, Scott Froschauer. By utilizing the materials and visual language of the street signs, but replacing the restrictive language (i.e., Stop, Do Not Enter) with positive affirmations, the goal of this work is to surprise and delight viewers by giving them a positive and reassuring message in an ironically-familiar format.

Find a sign near you!

Yaanga Vive! 

Artists: Kelly Caballero, Joel Garcia & River Tikwi Garza

On display from October 27 - November 2, 2019

Yaanga Vive! is an altar to the Tongva Peoples (First Nations People of Los Angeles). In the Dia de los Muertos tradition of honoring our ancestors, this altar is a way to remember and acknowledge the original stewards of these lands. The altar is constructed of a traditional 4-tier platform incorporating California Native plants such as white sage, elderberry, willow, poppies, and other plants as a way to educate the community about the importance of the flora of the area. The altar was on display at the Central Library, then relocated to Artsakh Paseo for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration. The artists also created an educational zine about the Tongva Peoples and California Native plants. 

Dead Keys 

Artist: Monique Sarfity

On display from October 27 - November 2, 2019

Dead Keys is a re-purposed computer key mosaic of a calavera (a traditional artistic representation of a skull). The Dead Keys image was projected onto the exterior wall of Central Library, and also printed on volunteer t-shirts for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration. 


Artist: Marco Pinter

On display from September 14 - 21, 2019

Reflections is an exploration of body movement in time, space, and dimension. Inside are four distinct interactive artworks, each exploring aspects of motion, embodiment, and connectedness. Reflections was on display at the Open Arts & Music Festival, and then relocated to Central Library for Glendale Tech Week


Curators: Laura Darlington & Selwa Sweidan

On display from September 14 - 21, 2019

Stacked is a curation of arts + tech programming featuring female artists and innovators during Glendale Tech Week. The programming included two pop-up exhibitions, a panel discussion and two workshops focused on augmented reality and artificial intelligence. .