A self-guided walking tour map of Escondido’s downtown  public art is now available online at www.escondido.org/public-art-program.aspx .  With the cooler autumn weather, now is the perfect time to visit Escondido’s public art downtown and also enjoy a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience!

Public art contributes significantly to the identity and livability of a community.  In the same way that people work to beautify and decorate their homes, a varied public art collection offers visual appeal, inspires civic pride and celebration, and it often symbolizes the health and wealth of the community it inhabits. Public Art also can be an effective tool for economic development drawing visitors to the community.  Each year Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Public Art Program, which is essentially a museum without walls, exists to enrich the community by seeking, promoting, and providing publicly accessible art that reflects community goals and desires. Since the Public Art Program began in 1988, more than 22 public art projects have been initiated by the City of Escondido and private developers. Escondido’s Public Art Program has received a number of local and national awards for its projects.

For general information about the City of Escondido, please visit www.escondido.org