Past Public Art Awards


Public Art Awards

The City of Alameda has issued the following public art grants.

  • RockspinnersZachary Coffin. A Rockspinner is a multi-ton boulder, which can be spun easily and silently with a single push, compelling viewers to interact and explore while creating a sense of place and an opportunity for fun. Status: Installated fall 2022
  • Egret MuralDan Fontes. Egret Mural depicts an approximately 14' by 7' egret on the brick facade of Alameda Collision Repair facing Blanding Avenue. Status: Installed spring 2022.
  • CalimarRossella Scapini. This large bronze squid sculpture features tentacles working as arches and columns, allowing people to walk between the inner and outer space they create.  Status: Installed fall 2021
  • Gateway ColumnsNorman Moore. Two columns that form a gateway symbolizing the island of Alameda as the gateway for prospectors and the railroad heading east. Status: Installed spring 2021 
  • Love Our Island Art WalkRhythmix Cultural Works. The "Love Our Island Art Walk" is an art-centric creative placemaking project. Status: This series of art walks was completed in May 2019.

Public Art Small Grants Pilot Program

In 2020, the City of Alameda issued it's first round of small grants through the Public Art Small Grants Pilot Program.  Please click here for more information, and a list of grant recipients. 

Cultural Art and Arts Programming Awards

In July of 2022, the Public Art Commission approved grant funding for the following six proposals:

  • Back Story, Anchor Alameda Association for Art & Film. Back Story took place on three separate evenings between August, 2022 and January, 2023, and again on three continuous nights in February, 2023 as a lead up to the Alameda International Film Festival. A different film and speaker was procured for each event in the series. The event series was held at the historic Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.
  • Plein Air Paintout, Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The Plein Air Paintout is an annual show featuring artists who paint outside in Alameda during the first week of August. The grant was used to support an outdoor festival featuring free art demonstrations, instruction, portrait models for drawing, kid’s activities and live music. This event was held in July and August, 2023.
  • PAL in the Parks, Rhythmix Cultural Works. PAL in the Parks presented two culturally-themed events in 2023: an Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Celebration in May and a Hispanic Heritage Celebration in September. Each PAL in the Parks event offered free multicultural performances and hands-on arts activities for the residents of Alameda and the East Bay. 
  • Fiesta Alameda, West Alameda Business Association. Fiesta Alameda is a one-day celebration of Latinx music, dance, and food and art, free to the public, open and accessible to all. This event took place in November, 2023.
  • East Bay Open Studies Alameda, Oakland Art Murmur. East Bay Open Studios in Alameda took place across two weekends in June, 2023 and provided family-friendly, self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces throughout the city.
  • Breath, Tara Pilbrow Dance. This performance will recreate, expand, and refine 'Breathe', a work created for three dancers in July 2021. The final version of Breathe will be performed as part of a mixed bill at the Radium Runway performance venue in Alameda Point, alongside a showcase of 2-3 local youth groups in spring 2024.


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