Public art program


Discover 'Extraordinary Spaces' in our region: 

The Region's Grand Views

Kitchener's Downtown Stroll

Waterloo's Uptown Trek

Cambridge's River Walk  

For more than a decade, the City of Kitchener has celebrated special places by installing public art at or near them. Each work of public art is one-of-a-kind, made just for the location where it rests. Each tells a story about living in Kitchener.

The best forms of public art explore our diversity; tell our stories, and use creativity and imagination. It is one way to create public spaces that are landmarks and gathering places that contribute to the city's cultural identity and its strategic priorities, through:

  • Better quality of life.
  • Increased social cohesion.
  • Good urban design.
  • Broad community involvement.
  • Increased potential for economic development.
  • Public access to the arts.

Public art is defined as:

  • Original art, temporary or permanent.
  • In any medium or discipline.
  • Placed, incorporated or performed.
  • In publicly accessible indoor or outdoor locations.
  • Responsive to its site in some way.
  • For the benefit of the community.

Public Art Policy

Public Art 5 Year Plan (2011-2016)

Public Art and Developers

Like many cities in Canada, public art is now a feature of Kitchener's built environment. We invite you to join us in making Kitchener an outstanding community.

Who can participate?

  • Commercial or institutional construction or renovation projects with high profile locations in their neighbourhoods.
  • Projects that feature areas of public space and regular public access.
  • The incorporation of public art in a private development is voluntary.
  • Requests for density bonuses will be considered if the developer includes public art in the development (Zoning By-law 92-232, S.4[b])

 Public Art - Information for Developers

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