In 2004 the Allen Arts Alliance, which was a city appointed board whose mission was to promote, nurture and celebrate the arts, proposed that it commission a public art master plan. This plan would investigate developing a public art program to oversee the commissioning of artwork to enhance Allen’s public places and infuse culture and beauty into the everyday life of Allen residents and visitors. The City of Allen Public Art Committee developed from this proposal.
The City of Allen Public Art Board is a city appointed advisory board to the City Council. The mission of the City of Allen’s Public Art Program is to articulate the values and vision of the community by enhancing the aesthetics of the City’s civic infrastructure, commissioning site specific artwork, and creating hands-on encounters with art. Public art projects will be accomplished by working with government partners and encouraging public art in private development.