Public Arts Commission

public arts commission

About the Public Arts Commission 

Created under Ordinance No. 2015.13, Jackson Public Arts Commission is an advisory body to the City Council with the goal to improve the quality of public spaces and make Jackson a better place to live and work.

The Jackson Public Arts Commission is not a source of funding or granting agency. Any proposed project should address the plan to cover expenses. Following are general guidelines and considerations for public art projects such as murals. JPAC's role in this process is to act as an advisory body to ensure that projects are of high artistic quality.

MLK Drive Roundabout sculpture proposals

The City of Jackson is now accepting sculpture proposals for its newest roundabout. Artists have until Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 to submit sculpture proposals to the Jackson Public Arts Commission (JPAC) for the MLK Drive Roundabout. 

The roundabout at S. MLK Drive and E. Morrell Street was completed in 2020 and is a gateway to Jackson’s south side neighborhood and MLK Corridor. JPAC is commissioning a full-size sculpture that represents the vibrant future and vitality of the City of Jackson and its south side neighborhood, as well as Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy. 

This new initiative for MLK Drive is the latest roundabout sculpture project for JPAC. The commission  previously facilitated sculpture installations in the Fourth Street and Kibby Road roundabouts, along with the eastern gateway to Downtown Jackson on Cooper Street. JPAC is a group of resident volunteers that works with City officials to develop public art projects that enhance the community. 

A full Request for Proposals is posted on the City website and has more information about project guidelines and qualifications. JPAC is collaborating with the Racial Equity Commission and MLK Corridor Improvement Authority on this sculpture project. The first submission deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The commission will continue the selection process through late fall and winter, with a goal of having the new art work installed sometime in spring 2023. 

MLK Drive Roundabout in Jackson

Mural Application & Process

1. Please keep in mind that all City regulations and rules must be met and that this process may require the applicant to obtain appropriate contracts and licenses. 

2. No commercial advertising is permitted, including the inclusion of addresses, phone numbers and websites. 

3. The colors and theme of the project should be consistent with the surrounding area. 

4. The project/mural design/the art, should be relevant and appropriate to the building and City. 

5. Applicant should consider maintenance plans.

6. A sketch or rendering of the work must be included.

This application is required to be completed in full for those who wish to create a mural within the City of Jackson. Please allow a minimum of three months for project reviewonline application.


Five members nominated by the Mayor and approved by City Council, who shall be residents of the City. Members shall serve for 3-year terms. Members shall have experience and/or an interest in the placement, creation, or designation of public art. The Arts Commission may appoint up to three (3) appointed ex-officio members, the City Manager or his/her designee, one City Councilmember, and one representative of Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History. Ex-officio members will be appointed to 3-year terms. 


Meetings are generally held quarterly at 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month when a meeting is set in the 10th Floor Conference Room of Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201. 

2022 Quarterly Meeting Schedule: 
  • May 17
  • Aug. 16
  • Oct. 18 
  • Nov. 15 (Special Meeting)
  • Jan. 17 
The latest meeting information is posted on the City Meeting and Event CalendarFuture meeting agendas will be posted in the Agenda and Minutes Center. 

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    5th Floor City Hall
    161 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201