The vision of Orindan Ted Urban, Orinda's Art in Public Places Committee was established in 2007 by the Orinda City Council. The APPC's mission is to recognize artists as important cultural resources by bringing sculpture into the community to broaden the public's awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.
ArtSpace Orinda, the public art display overseen by the Art in Public Places Committee, was conceived as a rotating exhibition program. It aims to introduce the community to a wide variety of artistic expressions and to encourage dialogue about public art and its impact on city spaces. The work of over thirty artists has been available for viewing in venues that include the Orinda Library, the Library Plaza, the Community Center and environs, Orinda City Hall, and, additionally in 2014, the Orinda Crossroads commercial district. Most of the exhibited artwork has been generously lent by regional artists and is exhibited for a minimum period of one year. Recently, the APPC and the City of Orinda have acquired some art works to create the core of a permanent collection. Funds have been donated and continue to be sought to allow the City to keep community favorites, thanks to a matching funds program.
At its inception, the Orinda Arts Council (now the Lamorinda Arts Council) was invited to maintain a position on the Art in Public Places Committee, and provide support, in accordance with the closely aligned missions of the two organizations. The APPC is under the administration of the Orinda Parks and Recreation Department and is also supported by the Friends of the Orinda Library and the Orinda Community Foundation.