Santa Cruz County  Animal Shelter
Public Art Project

An artist will be selected to create a site-specific public art component for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The proposed site-specific public artwork should celebrate the joy between people and their animal companions, enhance the experience of shelter visitors, and help create a unique identity for the Shelter. Proposals may focus on any of the locations shown in the "Animal Shelter Art Opportunities" PDF, which can be accessed using the link below.  Artists may choose to incorporate and enhance one or more of the elements planned for the site (e.g. concrete flooring, windows, lighting); alternatively, artists may propose a project which does not incorporate any feature already in the plans, such as a sculpture or mural; more information is available in the "Call to Artists."  Proposals are due no later than January 15. Email your proposal to  The subject line should include the artist's name and "Animal Shelter Proposal" (e.g. Jenny Smith - Animal Shelter Proposal). Questions? Email

  • More details about submitting a proposal, the timeline, and other important information can be found in the Call to Artists.  
  • Click HERE for a PDF of the floor plan and elevations, which includes potential public artwork locations.
  • Public Artist Contract example

Background - The shelter expansion project will remodel the main building to double the veterinary procedure area, create additional meeting and work space, relocate and improve cat and rabbit housing areas, open a community cat room and cat porch, and improve access to canine play yards. While there are three planned phases in the campus expansion, only Phase 1 should be addressed by artists’ proposals at this time.


Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)