Art in Public Places Program

The Art in Public Places (APP) Program acquires completed, portable works of art, and commissions artists to create works of art for specific locations. Works of art are displayed in over 640 sites statewide including schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, state office buildings, the State Capitol and at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM). The APP Program also supports excellent arts education programming in schools during the school day, out-of-school arts education for pre-K students and lifelong learning for adults. 

Percent for Art Program

In 1967, Hawaiʻi became the first state in the nation to adopt a percent-for-art law. The purpose of the law is to beautify and humanize our state buildings and increase public access to the arts.

Explore the Collection

View artworks in the Art in Public Places Collection online.

Request Artwork

Artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection are displayed in state government sites across the state. To request artwork for a state government site, or to request that artwork at a site be moved, please click the “make a request” button below.

Invite Committee

Artworks for the Art in Public Places Collection are selected via an Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) from juried or curated exhibits statewide. An AASC visit must be requested by the exhibition organizers.

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)

Engaging the public with the arts online and in downtown Honolulu.

Purpose and History​

Enriching the public sphere through the arts since 1967.

Art in Public Places Video Gallery

Short videos featuring artists talking about their artworks in the Art in Public Places Collection.