Commission for the Arts

Important Announcement:

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support since news broke regarding the vandalized public piano. We have received numerous generous offers of pianos and piano services and we simply cannot thank everyone enough. We do not have immediate needs for piano donations at this time, but if you have a piano that you are interested in donating for next year's public piano project please complete this form.


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The Commission for the Arts’ mission is to encourage and support Arts and Culture in the City of Royal Oak.  

If you are an artist, non-profit or public school looking for grant information please browse our listing of arts and culture grant opportunities.

Commission for the Arts Members:

Jason Gittinger, chair 

Jodie Ellison, vice-chair

Patricia Paruch, city commission representative

Alesha Beistline

Denise Reske

John D'Agnillo

Laura Bonnell

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Public Display of Art

The City of Royal Oak recognizes the importance of arts and culture to a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable community.  The City strives to promote and encourage arts and culture through the public and private display of art.

Establishing Guidelines

This policy establishes guidelines and procedures for the review, selection, acceptance, donation, placement, deaccession, maintenance, and safe display of temporary or permanent public art on, in, or a part of Royal Oak assets, property, and rights-of-way to provide for the opportunity for the increased, sustained, safe, and appropriate display of public art within the City of Royal Oak.

The City of Royal Oak has developed this policy in compliance with City Code of Ordinances Chapter 36, “Commission for the Arts”.

This policy is intended to operate in conjunction with the established City of Royal Oak Code of Ordinances, and does not supersede or replace any ordinance in the City Code.


Art Explored Walking Adventure

Self-Guided Walking Adventure

Explore art in downtown Royal Oak with a self-guided tour.

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