Public Art Program

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Public art is a part of our mental map of Hillsboro and is an important element of creating a community that future generations are proud to call home. It is a powerful tool for meeting the goals of Hillsboro’s community plans. Memorable public places strengthen our community. Such places attract us to downtown, enliven our neighborhoods, enhance our experiences in parks, inform us about the history and peoples of our place, and celebrate our ethnic and cultural diversity.

Public art can take many forms, including building facades, freestanding sculptures, murals, lighting, electronic media, photographs, water features, landscape treatments, kinetic pieces that move and react to the environment, and artist-designed functional elements such as paving, play equipment, street furniture, bridges, and gates. It can include the written word, film or video, and performance.

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Family participating in Head Over Heels Family Day event

Head Over Heels Celebrates Its Second Birthday!

Head Over Heels, the beloved sculpture by nationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty, turns two years old this month. To celebrate, we're hosting several events, including...

  • Repair Parties on Friday, April 26 to strengthen and replace branches, with the goal of giving the public several more years to enjoy the artwork. Registration required.
  • Family Day Workshop on Saturday, April 27, where participants will learn how to build a structure out of branches and create an imaginative play feature for the park. Children of all ages are welcome. Registration required.
  • A party with creative birthday treats at the small picnic shelter in Orenco Woods Nature Park on Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to create their own birthday treat. 
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Winter/Spring issue of HillsboroARTS Magazine

Check out the latest issue of the HillsboroARTS Magazine, featuring arts and cultural happening throughout our community. Articles include: a feature of Hillsboro's new Cultural Arts Action Plan, the 15th Annual Latino Cultural Festival, a new community mural at the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club, and much more!

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Public Art Gallery

Check out our Public Art Gallery to learn about the artwork in Hillsboro's Public Art Collection.




527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-615-3489 
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Cultural Arts is a division of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.

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