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Oro Valley to expand public art tour offerings

May 2, 2017

The Town of Oro Valley has partnered with two retirement communities to bring free, public art tours right to residents’ doorsteps. Since 2013, the Town of Oro Valley has been providing free, guided tours of the Town’s expansive public art collection—a result of the 1% for Public Art Program. Residents and visitors have the opportunity to view this collection on the second and third Tuesday of each month. Oro Valley will continue offering its twice-monthly tours to the general public, but last month, the Town expanded its tour offerings for residents of Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, and Fairwinds Desert Point.

Residents of these communities now have the opportunity to catch the art tour bus right at their property, and enjoy a free tour with their friends and neighbors. The frequency of these tours will be based on demand, and there is already a waiting list.

“For the past four years, Oro Valley has enhanced our arts and culture offerings with free concerts series and guided public art tours for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Satish I. Hiremath. “We want to continue expanding our programming by bringing public art tours to retirement and assisted living facilities so that all residents have access to the arts.”

Public art tours may be reserved for individuals or groups up to 13 people. To reserve your seat, please contact Margie Adler at or 520-229-4758. Reservations can also be made online at by clicking on the Arts & Entertainment link.

About the 1% for Public Art Program

In 1997, the Town of Oro Valley established a mandate requiring developers of commercial projects to set aside one percent of a project’s total construction budget for the creation of public art. The 1% for Public Art Program demonstrates that the arts contribute to the sense of community that makes Oro Valley such a unique place. To date, there are more than 150 pieces of public art within Town limits. Learn more at