The City of San Marcos has a vibrant artist community supported in part by the San Marcos Arts Commission and various City arts programs.

The Arts Commission's purpose is to promote tourism to San Marcos and enrich our city and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing arts education and strengthening the arts in the community.

The Arts Commission is appointed by the City Council and provides oversight for the expenditure of city hotel occupancy tax funds for the promotion of the arts, including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting , sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion picture, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of the major art forms.
  1. Calls for Artists

    View a list of current calls for artists.

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  2. SMart Award

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  3. San Marcos Mural Arts Program

    The City of San Marcos offers grants and design assistance to artists in an effort to place murals on private property throughout the city

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