San Marcos Arts Commission

The San Marcos Arts Commission helps make San Marcos a colorful and quirky place to live, visit and create in. Their role in the community is to support and contribute to the local art scene, diverse cultural heritage and economic prosperity of San Marcos. The San Marcos Arts Commission programs include the Mural Arts Program, annual Arts and Cultural Grants, and recommending placement and funding of public art.

Arts Commission FAQs

When and where does the Arts Commission meet?

The Arts Commission meets the third Wednesday each month at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall Conference Room, 630 E. Hopkins.

What is the Arts Commission's mission?

To support and contribute to the artistic vitality, diverse cultural heritage and economic prosperity of our city in an effort to distinguish it from other communities while promoting tourism in San Marcos.

How does the Arts Commission bring public art to San Marcos?

The Arts Commission brings permanent art and traveling art exhibitions from renowned artists to our community’s public spaces. Permanent sculptures can be enjoyed year-round at our Art Park, between the San Marcos Activity Center and the San Marcos Public Library, as well as the Mermaid March at various spaces around town.

What is the Mural Arts Program?

The Mural Arts Program is a public art initiative that beautifies our community while bringing a wide range of artists and art styles to both public and privately owned buildings. For more information on the program, contact Arts Coordinator Trey Hatt at

Is there a map of the City’s permanent art and murals?

Yes! Click on our interactive map to see locations, photos, and artist information for our permanent art collection, including our public murals.

What is the Arts and Cultural Grants program?

The Arts and Cultural Grants program awards funds to help artists and organizations host events and create art each year. Past recipients have hosted art exhibitions by Roberto Rios and Bill Hutson; cultural events such as the Sacred Springs Powwow and the Eddie Durham Festival; music events like the beloved Summer in the Park concert series; and drama presentations by the up-and-coming Broke Thespians Theatre Company. More information on the program can be found online here.  

How do I become an Arts Commissioner?

Arts Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms by the San Marcos City Council. To apply, click here and press the "Apply" button.