A basic definition of public art is art that is exposed in a public space, either an outdoor location or in a publicly accessible building. More broadly, it is artwork located in public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is acquired through public or private funding. These may be permanent or temporary physical works of art visible to the general public, whether part of a building or free-standing.
Montgomery County’s public art program, administered by AHCMC, seeks to build and inspire community identity and placemaking and to nurture artists engaged in public art. We strongly believe that public art enhances the quality of life in Montgomery County.