Helena Public Arts Committee

The City of Helena Public Art Committee was created by resolution of the Helena City Commission on November 16, 1998 to serve as an advisory committee to the City Commission.

Mission Statement:
The Helena City Commission established the Helena Public Art Committee (HPAC) to promote community awareness of and involvement in providing public art in Helena. HPAC's mission is to commission, maintain, and acquire high quality professional public art.

Click here to take a tour of Helena's public art. 

Current Projects


Boundy Gift Art Installation

The City of Helena Parks, Recreation and Open Lands Department and Helena Public Art Committee are currently considering placement of an art installationt that is a gift to the City of Helena by the Boundy family, in memory of their son Kyle Boundy.

After seeking artist proposals, the Boundy Family and the HPAC chose the proposal of a sculpture by artist Paul Hogan. The sculpture is stainless steel guitar that will be made up of layers of metal. The sculpture is meant to give a viewer walking around the sculpture the illusion that the guitar is moving and the overall shape is changing.

The specific size and location of the sculpture has yet to be determined, but will have to meet appropriate ADA and safety specifications.

Traffic Signal Box Art

In 2017, the Helena Public Art Committee began the project of adorning City traffic signal boxes with original art. Through a competitive process, six artists’ works were chosen for initial installation. In 2020, a second batch of designs were considered and seven new designs were installed from a pool of 85 entries.  

Their digitally submitted designs were transferred to vinyl wraps installed by Fast Signs.

View the 2017 selected designs here. 

View the 2020 selected designs here. 

Committee Membership

The Helena Public Art Committee is comprised of one City Commission Member, one Helena Citizens' Council representative, and up to nine members representing artists, art organizations, design-related businesses, education and business.  

  • Kristin Drees, Chair
  • Jennie Stapp, Vice Chair
  • Mayor Wilmot Collins, Commission Representative
  • Abigail St. Lawrence
  • Lou Archambault
  • Nick Ladas
  • Margaret Strachan - HCC Representative
  • Chelly Hasquet
  • Amanda Reese
  • Member at Large - Vacant
  • Member at Large - Vacant

    City staff liasons: Troy Sampson & Bridget Johnston

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HPAC Meetings

The Helena Public Art Committee meets the third Thursday of the month at 3:30pm.

Due to COVID, meetings are currently taking place via the online platform ZOOM.
https://zoom.us/j/93560805160?pwd=b3FCSU5kWW9aeDJiRmhpWEttWndyUT09
Meeting ID: 935 6080 5160   Passcode: 084631          OR DIAL (346) 248 7799

The next meeting is scheduled for:

Regular Board Meeting - January 21, 2021 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - December 17, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - November 19, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - October 15, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - September 17, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - August 20, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - July 16, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - February 20, 2020 3:30pm
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Regular Board Meeting - January 16, 2020 3:30pm
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