Thanks to the leadership of a forward-thinking Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Manager, and a notable creative community, Palmdale is reinventing itself as a center of innovation. In fact, the City has initiated and implemented several notable projects to demonstrate the important contributions that public art makes to the economy and general welfare of the people living, working, and visiting Palmdale. The enthusiasm and support for public art prompted the City to develop a strategic approach to how it will fund, manage, and review public art projects going forward.
One of the key goals of the City is to attract and retain artists, the working class, innovative technology companies, and new residents. Cultural and artistic resources foster economic development and tourism, revitalize urban areas, and improve the overall business climate by creating a more desirable community within which to live and work. It also helps to attract and anchor a large and diverse creative sector, enriching Palmdale’s cultural identity which is a key component of economic vitality.