PROJECTS & programs

Downtown Public art tours

The Downtown Art Tours are held on the first Saturday of the month, open to the public, and free of charge.  Participants meet at the “Our Hands” sculpture located next to City Hall,

411 Main Street at 10 a.m.

Dates for the 2022 season:
  • Saturday, June 4

  • Saturday, July 2

  • Saturday, August 6

  • Saturday, September 3

  • Saturday, October 1

The Art Tours are led by Chico Arts and Culture Foundation volunteers and take about an hour and under a mile of flat terrain. The variety of sculptures, murals, tile work, fountains, and street furniture are discussed with an emphasis on behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the artists and the making of the art works. This is an enjoyable and low-key way to learn about a small selection of the huge variety of art and artists in Chico. Ideally it will inspire further exploration and investigation of the wealth of arts and culture in the region.

Art mentor Program

Through a regional grant we developed a successful program pairing at-risk area youth with local artists in various disciplines including drum making, animation, and multi-media visual art.


"Champions of the Arts" is an annual Chico Arts and Culture Foundation event honoring local heroes whose achievements as artists, patrons, organizations, and businesses is cause for celebration and accolades. This event expands on the Arts Commission’s longstanding tradition of recognizing those in the community who go above and beyond in producing or supporting the arts.

All of the Champions of the Arts acknowledge that awareness, education, and maintenance of public art is good for our city and the people in our community.

Past Champions include:

  • Amber Palmer, MA, MFT, Fine Art Consultant & Artist

  • Cameron Kelly, Gallery Director, Chico Art Center

  • Christine Mac Shane, Artist and Owner, The Studio 561

  • Jessie Mercer, Artist, Key Project Tribute, Butte County Art on Wheels

  • Marc Edson, Executive Director, Chico Theater Company

  • Rebecca McIntyre Senoglu, Coordinator, Enloe Regional Cancer Center, Healing Art Gallery


Jenise Coon memorial sculpture project

Due to the pandemic, the Champions of the Arts event is on hold and the Foundation’s Event Committee is devoting its energy to raising money for the Jenise Coon memorial sculpture project in honor of an artist, teacher, and performer whose impact on the community shall be celebrated in a lasting way.