The Town of Frederick’s Art in Public Places Program was established by ordinance in 1999 by the Board of Trustees to provide a means to fund the acquisition and maintenance of works of art for the town. The program is funded by 1% of all capital projects over $25,000 undertaken in Frederick and the monies are set aside in a reserved account.
The Art in Public Places program is guided by the Art Master Plan adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 28, 2017. The Frederick Arts Commission is tasked with acting as advisory to the Board of Trustees on all matters related to the placement and creation of art in the Town.
The Commission has also partnered with Frederick Power and Light to create bright, active murals on Town of Frederick utility equipment. The Arts Commission issues a call for artists each year and winning designs are placed on boxes throughout Town in accordance with the Art Master Plan.
The Art Master Plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 28, 2017. The plan aims to strengthen Frederick's identity by reinforcing connectivity between neighborhoods, parks and community spaces. With thoughtful art placement in key trail and infrastructure systems, town gateways and neighborhood entryways, both Frederick's cohesiveness as a town and uniqueness as a creative community will be strengthened. Ultimately, the Plan will guide the placement of art in a way that both maintains Frederick's existing values and sense of community, while continuing to strengthen its overall identity for years to come.