In March of 2003, the Alameda City Council adopted the Public Art Ordinance (No. 2892), amended in July 2005 (Ordinance 2942) . The Ordinance is designed to regulate the placement of Public Art in commercial, industrial, residential, and municipal projects. The intent of the Alameda Public Art Program is to promote a diverse and stimulating cultural environment to enrich the lives of the City’s residents and visitors, and contribute to the vitality of the City’s economic development. The Public Art Program recognizes Alameda’s historic and maritime traditions and distinguishes it as a special place to live, work, play, and visit. Art is important to strengthen cultural awareness, innovative thinking, lifelong learning, and the City’s sense of community. The Ordinance also created the Public Art Commission.