Cultural Arts

The City of Whittier has a large and active arts community whose efforts are visible throughout the City and year-around. In 1987, the City of Whittier authorized the formation of the Cultural Arts Commission as the official agency for the encouragement and development of the arts in the community and schools.

The mission of the Whittier Cultural Arts Commission, appointed by the City Council, is to enhance the quality of life in the Whittier community by providing leadership, advice and advocacy on cultural arts. The Commission will accomplish its mission of support for arts in the changing community by identifying and prioritizing needs, and providing networking opportunities for arts organizations to enhance the quality of life.

To achieve its mission, the Commission has several standing committees that report on cultural matters and continue to encourage various programs througout the community.


Cultural Arts Calendar of Events... click here



Art in Public Places

In 1993 the City Council adopted the Art in Public Places Ordinance (12.52), which established a percentage for art programs in the City. The intent of the program is to provide a collection of nationally recognized artwork throughout the City for public benefit. The Ordinance requires new residential, commercial or manufacturing development having a total value of $250,000 or more to provide artwork valued at one-half of one percent of the total project cost or pay in-lieu contributions equal to the same amount. The Art in Public Places Advisory Committee advises the Commission and the Council on public art matters.

Please click here to view the Art in Public Places Brochure.

Please click
here to view Art in Public Places information in Whittier.

For more information on the City of Whittier's Art in Public Places program, call the Community Services Division at (562) 567-9400 or click on the envelope to e-mail.
Email link to Community Services Dept

Lobby Art



In 1989, the City and the Commission began the City Hall Lobby Visual Arts Exhibition program. Demonstrating the City's commitment to creating a culturally healthy community, the program has brought art and artists to the public at City Hall and Parnell Park for employees, visitors and residents alike to view and appreciate. Since that time, the lobby has exhibited a diverse collection of art including paintings, sculptures, textiles and photographs. The Visual Arts Committee reviews submissions and recommends an exhibit schedule to the Commission. 

Please click here to download the Visual Arts, Lobby Arts invitation and instruction letter.

Please click 
here to download the Visual Arts, Lobby Arts Application and Brochure.