Placemaking

  1. Public Art
  2. Oxbow Preserve &  Commons
  3. Riverfront Trail System
  4. Boating & Kayaking the Napa River
  5. Downtown Napa Pedestrian Wayfinding Signage

Napa Art Walk

The Napa Art Walk aims to enhance Napa's quality of life and support tourism by publicly exhibiting original, high-quality, sculpture from artists in the region. Download or print the Napa Art Walk Informational Brochure (PDF) or pick up a brochure at the Napa Valley Welcome Center in Downtown Napa.  

Lighted Art Festival

Produced by the City's Parks & Recreation Department, the Lighted Art Festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. The festival is a public private partnership and supports innovative techniques using light and light technologies as a growing art medium. 

City-Owned Public Art

While Napa has a variety of artwork visible in the public realm, the City’s Public Art Collection consists of early artworks commissioned by the former Redevelopment Agency along with newer artworks that have been created and installed since the development of the City’s Public Art Ordinance (2010) and the resulting Public Art Master Plan.  You can view the Public Art Registry (PDF), or take a virtual tour of the city's permanent collection by clicking on this map.

 Public Art Ordinance

In 2010, the Napa City Council enacted a Public Art Ordinance (please see Chapter 15.108 Public Art in the Napa Municipal Code).  The Public Art Ordinance is intended to integrate public art into new non-residential private and public development projects throughout Napa. If applicable to the proposed development project, the ordinance requires developers to contribute to the public art program in one of two ways:

  1. by installing on-site public art equal in value to 1% of the construction costs of the development project. With this option, the public art is required to be integrated into the development plan whenever the plans are first drawn, or
  2. by making an ‘in-lieu’ contribution to the City’s Public Art Fund, which equals 1% of the construction cost of the project, for projects with a value of $250,000 or more. These funds are placed into the City’s “Public Art Fund,” which is used to select and install public art throughout the city.  

The 1% public art requirement is administered by the City's Planning Division.  For more information on this requirement, contact planning staff at (707) 257-9530.

Rail Arts District

In addition to the City's multiple public art programs, many private property owners have initiated public art installations. For example, the Napa Valley Vine Trail organization has installed several murals along their "Rail Arts District" along the City's Cross-Commuter Path that runs alongside the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks.