Oro Valley is celebrating its more than 250 public art projects by establishing a public tour.

Since 1997, the town has required commercial developers to set aside 1 percent of the budget of the construction budget for each project to fund public art. 

“To showcase Oro Valley’s public and private art, the Town is launching a Virtual Art Gallery. The web-based art gallery features a photograph of the art, a description of the artwork and directions to where to the artwork can be located,” Vice Mayor Lou Waters said in a news release.

The town is introducing free monthly tours of the public art. The tours will take visitors by van from spot to spot, narrating background information about the pieces along the way. The tours begin May 23 and continue the fourth Thursday of each month. To reserve a spot on a tour visit online.

Also, the town has set up a website to allow viewers to check out the town's art from afar. To check out the virtual gallery or reserve a spot on the tour, visit www.orovalleyaz.gov/business/virtual-art-gallery online.