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Commission for Arts and Culture

Conservation and Management

Art Conservation
Photo: ©2013 Balboa Art Conservation Center

Preserving San Diego’s Art

The Commission for Arts and Culture oversees the conservation and preservation of the artworks in the Civic Art Collection by providing extraordinary maintenance, monitoring the collection and working closely with other City departments that provide routine maintenance. Conservation demonstrates the City's respect for the past and increases public awareness of the collection.

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The Commission for Arts and Culture undertakes conservation and maintenance projects using artists, skilled art technicians and qualified fine art conservators when necessary. Artworks are selected for conservation based upon severity of condition, historic and artistic significance and importance to the community.

The Commission also oversees the installation and transport of artwork, creates and maintains collection records, inventories, condition assessments and reviews proposals for donations of artwork to the City.

To report damage to a public artwork located on City of San Diego property, call 619-236-6808 or email  

Administrative Regulation 95.00 - Management of the Civic Art Collection (PDF)

Department Instruction - Collection Management Policy for the Civic Art Collection (PDF)