Public Art

Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all.

Portsmouth is home to many examples of public art, some of which can be viewed on our mobile app.

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Percent for Art Ordinance

In 2006, Portsmouth became the first city in New Hampshire to pass a Percent for Art Ordinance.

“Statement of Purpose: It is hereby declared that it shall be the public policy of the City of Portsmouth to assist and encourage the participation of its citizens and visitors in the enjoyment of the many benefits which flow from the arts. Among other activities to this end, the City will allocate a portion of the expense of public building construction and significant building renovation projects to be spent on works of art which shall be available for the benefit of all without additional cost to those persons. Such works of art shall be called public art as defined in more detail herein.”


The following municipal projects are eligible for the percent for art project:

View the Public Art Procedural Guidelines here.

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