Jerry Allen, Principal
Broward County 2020 Cultural Plan  


Jerry Allen

Jerry Allen, Principal

Jerry Allen joined C+PG in 2008 and has been an ongoing collaborator with the firm since 2004. He has been involved in cultural, facilities, and public art planning since 1985. Through his own firm, Jerry Allen & Associates, he has completed major cultural plans for many communities, including:

  • Alameda County, California
  • Broward County, Florida
  • The City of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • The City of Dallas, Texas
  • The City and County of Denver, Colorado
  • The City of Los Angeles, California (with Morris-McNeil, Inc.)
  • The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The City of Reno, Nevada
  • The City of San Antonio, Texas
  • The City of San Diego, CA
  • The City of Santa Cruz, California
  • The City of Ventura, California
  • Montgomery County, Maryland

Jerry Allen brings 25 years of experience in the local arts agency and cultural planning fields. Beginning as a studio artist, he did his graduate studies at the University of Washington School of Fine Arts, concentrating on studio art and public administration. He was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the King County Arts Commission (Seattle) in the mid-seventies. King County had one of the earliest percent for art programs in the nation and the first county program ever established. In that capacity, he conceived and administered King County’s acclaimed EARTHWORKS: Land Reclamation as Sculpture Symposium, widely regarded as one of the seminal projects in the history of contemporary public art.

After serving 3 years as Executive Director of the King County Arts Commission, Jerry became the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas, Texas. While there, he assisted with the formation of the Dallas Arts District and the Arts District Foundation. In that position, he developed the City’s first cultural plan and policy and directed the first public art master plan ever completed by any city. Jerry went on to develop the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, California, and recently retired as the Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs in San Jose, CA, where he was responsible for a general fund budget of $7 million and a public art budget of $18 million.

Jerry has extensive experience in the development and management of cultural facilities. In Dallas, TX, he developed and managed two arts centers, the Bathhouse Cultural Center and the South Dallas Cultural Center. Simultaneously, he was directly involved in the development and the initial staffing of the Meyerson Symphony Center. In San Francisco, he planned and developed the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In San Jose, he planned and developed the program plans for the Mexican Heritage Plaza and assisted in the development of the new San Jose Repertory Theater, the renovation of the Fox Theater and the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Jerry has served on scores of art selection panels including the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on both the Board of Directors and the National Policy Board of Americans for the Arts. And he is a member of the national advisory board for Forecast, publishers of the Public Art Review , the only national periodical dedicated to public art.