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Ketchikan Public Art Works

Ketchikan’s artists make our common spaces less commonplace.

Artists transform the community into a museum without walls, creating works that bear out our unique historical and cultural heritages. The excitement of finding public art is shared by the hometown public and by hundreds of thousands of visitors who land here each year. Private interests and public entities alike participate in the effort.

The commercial passenger vessel levy paid by cruise industry aids the campaign for public art. The state’s long-running Percent for Art program, which sets aside art funding in state-paid construction, also augments the stock of art on public view.

Ketchikan Public Art Works (KPAW), a committee of the Arts Council, brainstorms and implements installations with public and private financing.