Public Art Advisory Commission

Public art enhances the feel of a city and enriches the lives of residents. It offers entertainment and enjoyment for residents and visitors, which in turn can help attract businesses and enhance the reputation of Waukee. With this in mind, the City of Waukee is establishing the Waukee Public Art Advisory Commission as an advisory body for the Mayor and City Council.

Mayor Courtney Clarke is currently seeking Waukee residents with interest and passion for guiding public art in the City of Waukee. Applicants of all backgrounds, expertise and experience are invited to apply. Applications for the initial board will be accepted through September 30, 2022. The Mayor will review applications and expects to appoint board members in November or December 2022. As this board is newly forming, initial board members will have mix of term lengths of 1, 2, or 3 years with terms ending January 31 of 2024, 2025 and 2026. 

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About the Commission

The Waukee Public Art Advisory Commission will help develop and implement a unified public art strategy for the Waukee community. As a master plan is put in place, the commission will advise the Mayor and City Council on proposals, guidelines and matters related to public art.

The role of the Waukee Public Arts Advisory Commission is:

  • To develop a unified public art strategy for the City of Waukee;
  • To advise the Mayor, City Council and other community groups and agencies that are initiating a public art project on the proposed site, selection of a professional artist and commissioning of a public artwork;
  • To guide and monitor design development process through reviews at various stages to ensure artistic and design quality, integration with the site and relevance to the community.

This seven-member commission:

  • Has staggered 3-year terms, February-January. As this commission is newly forming, initial members will have a mix of term lengths of 1, 2 or 3 years.
  • Meets quarterly for 1-2 hours plus additional meetings as necessary to establish the master plan or review art proposals; dates and times to be determined after board members are appointed.

Definition of Public Art

For this commission, public art encompasses art that is visually and physically accessible to the public and installed in public indoor and outdoor spaces. Public art may include, but is not limited to, murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work. For public art, artists and organizations may work in conjunction with architects, fabricators/construction workers, community residents and leaders, designers, funding organizations and others to define, review, fund and install the art. Examples include:

  • Stand-alone pieces, such as sculptures, statues or structures
  • Integrated into the built environment (e.g., façades, pavements or landscapes), such as bas reliefs, mosaics or digital lighting
  • Applied art (to a surface), such as murals or building-mounted sculptures
  • Direct hands-on interaction pieces, such as interactive musical, light, video or water components

Instances of Public Art in Waukee

Left image is little girl hugging a Scooby Doo sculpture; right is a wooden fox sculpture
Aerial view of the roundabout in shape of Waukee city logo on Warrior Lane
Little girl playing metal harp in Triangle Park
Four black pillars of the Veterans Memorial outside the Waukee Community Center
American Gothic sculpture through the grass outside the Public Library
City logo sculptures in median on Grand Prairie Parkway
Metal Waukee City logo on side of a picnic table in Triangle Park
Night image of Railroad Pergola lit up at Raccoon River Valley Trail
Spaghetti and meatballs with fork play structure at Alice Nizzi Park
  • Railroad Pergola: In the Shadow of the Rails on the Raccoon River Valley Trail
  • Mural on Kenny’s Garage
  • Harp in Triangle Park
  • Roundabout on Warrior Lane
  • City of Waukee logo signs + banners on the light poles and in medians
  • City of Waukee logo wraps on utility boxes
  • Veterans memorial near the Community Center
  • American Gothic sculpture at the Library
  • Engraved rock outside the Public Safety building
  • Sculpture outside the YMCA building
  • "&" sculpture at Kum & Go gas stations