Art brings life to our communities, linking different people together to share common experiences, stimulate imaginations, and foster a meaningful and rich quality of life. Recognizing the important role of art in building community, the City and County of San Francisco passed an ordinance in 1969 requiring all City Agencies—including the SFPUC— to set aside 2% of all above ground construction project costs to support arts enrichment.
As part of our mission to be inclusive of environmental and community interests, we’re proud to work with the San Francisco Arts Commission, local artists and residents to create public art that inspires communities to appreciate and respect the environmental resources entrusted to our care.
Visually Inspiring & Educating Local Communities
Our Agency has made an intentional effort to use art in a way that aligns with our mission while providing artists and arts organizations with opportunities to create public art that enhances neighborhoods and educates our service area communities. We worked with local artist Jenifer Wofford to create six colorful murals at storm drains in the Mission Bay neighborhood to raise awareness about pollution and its consequences.
In partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission, we’ve provided grants to Bayview arts organizations to support the creation of six new murals in the neighborhood while also funding youth arts programming for underserved students.
Creative Placemaking: Building Community and Identity through Art
The SFPUC partners with communities, nonprofits, the private sector and other government agencies to creatively shape the character and identity of our neighborhoods through public art and the design of our buildings. We believe that through this creative placemaking we can bring life to public spaces, enhance business opportunities and bring communities together.
We partnered with the San Francisco Arts Commission to commission a new design for our Sewer System Improvement Program’s (SSIP) Westside Pump Station. Through a public selection process, Fog Lilies, a design by local artist Jet Martinez, was chosen for the facility.
As we move forward with our (SSIP), we will add arts and cultural elements into the design of our new Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Southeast Community Facility, and projects at other SFPUC properties. By integrating new facilities, art, programmed open spaces, lighting and green infrastructure projects, we will create spaces that foster community across the City.