Morgan Hill Public Art


The Downtown Placemaking Investment Strategy which provides direction regarding the investment of former Redevelopment Agency bond proceeds in the downtown area will help achieve the goal of making downtown the most walkable, bike-friendly, urban, family-oriented, and transit oriented neighborhood in Morgan Hill.  The Strategy identifies a number of public works improvements intended to transform Downtown into an interesting, vital, prosperous, and sustainable destination.  These improvements include the redevelopment of the Downtown Opportunity Sites, the creation of two parks, a trail to the Nob Hill water tank, the construction of a parking structure with a robust art component and other streetscape improvements.

The Downtown Morgan Hill Placemaking Investment Strategy allocated funds toward art, lights, features and wayfinding for various features and amenities that enhance public spaces.  Placemaking efforts to date have included: 1) a Creative Placemaking Symposium on September 19, 2014.  At the Symposium over 200 community residents participated in a conversation regarding the streetscape projects, efforts and strategies to make Downtown more pedestrian friendly, new trail and park improvements and the redevelopment of the downtown development opportunity sites; 2) a Complete Streets Pilot Program intended to slow down traffic and make downtown a pedestrian-friendly business district; 3) and a Creative Placemaking Mini Grant Program, that will produce temporary and permanent art projects that will enhance downtown with visual art, landscape, design and other placemaking projects.  Twelve art and placemaking projects were approved by the City Council on January 21, 2015 and many of them are expected to be installed in April/May.

The next phase of the Placemaking efforts include Gateway Art Projects as envisioned in the Downtown Streetscape Design Concepts by Joni Janecki and Associates presented to Council on October 1, 2014.  The Downtown Streetscape Design Concepts embrace the theme of “Healthy Living Morgan Hill”, drawing from Morgan Hill’s rich resources, climate, setting, and history.  The design concepts are intended to bring together the past, present and future, celebrating Morgan Hill’s rich agricultural heritage and emphasizing sustainability for long term health.

Portfolio of Art Work

2016 Art Installations in Downtown Morgan Hill (pdf)

Gateway Art Survey

View the survey results below.

View the June 17, 2015 presentation to City Council

View the March 18, 2015 presentation to City Council

View the March 17, 2015 discussion at the LCAC meeting

For questions, contact Edith Ramirez, Economic Development Manager at  408-310-4633 or via email at

For additional information, please visit the Downtown Morgan Hill Placemaking Investment Strategy