Blog Posts for Public Art

Getting Creative: Designing and Installing psychylustro

Posted by Carly Rapaport-Stein, Aug 25, 2015 0 comments

Over the past few years, the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has expanded the boundaries of its artistic and social practice, exploring the definitions of traditional mural-making and teasing out the nuanced meanings of public art. psychylustroinstalled in 2014, was an exploration of an abstract gesture in public space, and a new facet for Mural Arts, challenging us as an institution to get innovative both with conception and implementation.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies on the Power of Public Art

Posted by Kate D. Levin, Aug 25, 2015 0 comments

At Bloomberg Philanthropies we recognize the enormous potential of public art to enliven neighborhoods, drive foot traffic to local businesses, bolster tourism, and inspire people to live and work in places identified with creativity. So in October 2014, we launched the Public Art Challenge to support temporary public art projects that catalyze urban growth, contribute to local identity, and promote creativity. In addition to generating exciting work in cities and seeding strong public-private partnerships supporting culture, we hoped the initiative would encourage local governments across the United States to view artists and the arts as resources for addressing civic priorities in real and transformative ways. 

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Encouraging News

Posted by Kit Monkman, Aug 24, 2015 0 comments

The email crossed the Atlantic on 9th June 2015. My iPhone chimed its arrival into a gloriously sunny North Yorkshire afternoon, and into a conversation with friends and colleagues in the lowering sun.

Dear Kit,

Congratulations! Your project Congregation was selected and recognized in the recent Americans for the Arts 2015 Public Art Network Year in Review. The project was selected by jurors Peggy Kendellen, Laurie Jo Reynolds, and Ernst C. Wong and will be publicly presented on Thursday, June 11th at the 2015 Public Art & Placemaking Preconference in Chicago…” etc, etc.

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Behind the Scene: Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review 2015

Posted by Patricia Walsh, Aug 24, 2015 0 comments

This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review, which annually recognizes outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. Over the years we have had over a thousand applications. Each year, a jury of up to three art professionals reviewed and selected projects to highlight. This week we are posting blogs directly from those involved in the creation of the projects in PAN Year in Review selected by our three art professionals, Peggy Kendellen (Public Art Program Manager at the Regional Arts & Cultural Council) Laurie Jo Reynolds (artist) and Ernest C. Wong (landscape architecture and urban planning professional) and presented on June 11th at the Americans for the Arts Public Art & Placemaking Preconference in Chicago.

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Where the Cultural Life Flowers, the Community as a Whole Prospers and Grows

Posted by Clayton Lord, Aug 17, 2015 0 comments

What makes a “healthy, vibrant, equitable community” healthy, vibrant, or equitable? As time marches on, what challenges will be presented to that community—to the millions of different communities that exist and overlap in every part of our lives? And how can the arts be a part of pushing past those challenges, empowering change, and creating a brighter future?

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Our Shared Public Art (and Placemaking) Legacy

Posted by Penny Balkin Bach, Jun 24, 2015 0 comments

At the Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Convention, I was honored to accept the 2015 Public Art Network Award on behalf of the Association for Public Art (aPA) and also the early innovators who guide our work today. I am acutely aware that as the nation’s first non-profit public art organization, aPA has a unique 140+ year legacy. While we do not operate in the same environment as government agencies, I believe that recognizing our shared public art legacy can fortify our position by imparting clarity, credibility, and clout.

So who were those civic-minded people who founded and supported the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) and established the earliest percent for art programs in the United States?

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