Public Arts Commission

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The purpose of the Public Arts Commission is to reflect the diverse nature of the City's population, history, and growth through the public display of art; cultivate audiences for public art; consider ways in which public art can play a role in achieving other community building goals and objectives; foster sponsorship and stewardship of public art; recognition of the economic benefits gained through aesthetic enhancement of the City's public spaces; and expand the opportunities for residents to experience public art. The powers and duties are set forth in Chapter 2.46 of the Vista Municipal Code. Click here to learn more about Public Art in Vista.

There are seven members appointed by the Mayor with the confirmation of the City Council, including: a) one member at-large, who is a resident of Vista; b) two artists, who are residents of Vista; and c) one member from each of the following organizations: Vista Unified School District, Vista Village Business Association, Alta Vista Gardens, and Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe; as well as two non-voting youth representatives. The term of office is three years.

Qualifications for membership:

Completed applications can be mailed to the City Clerk's Office at 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084 or faxed to 760.639-6126. For questions regarding the application process, contact Kathy Valdez, City Clerk, 760.643.5320, or e-mail


Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. in the Morris B. Vance Community Room, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084. 

Occasionally, meetings are cancelled. Please click on "Current Meeting Agenda" link below for any cancellation notices.

Agenda inquiries should be directed to Therron Dieckmann, Director of Recreation & Community Services, (760) 639-6151.

Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the Public Arts Commission meeting. Minutes are presented to the Public Arts Commission for approval at the next regular meeting, and are posted after they are approved.