Seattle's public art ordinance, its annual Municipal Art Plan and a series of artist-authored art plans together provide a framework for the public art program, establishing policy and calling for innovation in the visual arts.

We also partner with other city departments to shape public art policy. For instance, we worked with the Department of Planning and Development and Seattle Department of Transportation to develop a Director's Rule related to artworks in public rights-of-way. The purpose of this rule is to clarify the City's policies and practices regarding consistent standards for review of visual art and artistic objects in public rights-of-way (ROW) and on private property in specific cases. The rule does not apply to art or artistic objects procured through or generated by the Office of Arts & Culture's public art program.