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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Group canoeing on the river

Rood Bridge Celebration of Arts & Nature
Join us on Saturday, August 25 from 11 am - 3 pm for a celebration of art and nature at Rood Bridge Park! Celebrate the new accessible watercraft launch and enjoy canoe rides, plein air artists at work, singers, nature walks, art activities, nature activities and food trucks!

Boy makes notes on heart during community outreach event

Artwork at Shute Park
Planning is underway for new artwork at Shute Park with an extensive community engagement process to discover what art would be meaningful to people of all ages who use the park. Comments are being gathered in group meetings and public events to explore options such as a sculpture, artist designed play area or a sculptural seating and gathering area.

Barometer by Devin Laurence Field

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

Summer 2018 HillsboroARTS Magazine

HillsboroARTS Magazine
Check out the latest issue of HillsboroARTS Magazine, featuring creative summertime family outings, new public art at Rood Bridge Park, feature article on our Artist-in-our-Community, and much more!


















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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