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Arts in State Parks Program

A dark-skinned woman in a navy blue ballcap reaches up with a gloved hand to add more blue paint to a mural of a monarch butterfly on a dark-skinned hand. Her dark hair is pulled back out of her face while she works, and her white shirt and apron are unmarked by paint.
Artist Belen Islas paints a mural at the Dia de los Muertos event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. ©2023, California State Parks.

Arts in California Parks is infusing funding into creative collaborations that will bring new events, programs, and installations to California State Parks. These projects will build the capacity of State Parks staff and collaborating artists and organizations to use art as a catalyst for sustainable community connection, health, and well-being.

Funds for art in State Parks will be dispersed to parks in three annual rounds, beginning with pilot projects that were initiated in the Summer of 2023. To learn more about pilot projects and experience art in a park near you, explore projects.

Opportunities for artists, culture bearers, and California Native American tribes to collaborate with State Parks on new projects will be posted here as they are available. Visit the Arts in State Parks Resources page to explore an interactive map of State Parks, State Parks Districts, and their surrounding counties.

Stay up to date by joining the email list at the bottom of this page and/or joining the Artist Directory as an artist/organization interested in collaborating on art in parks.