Aspirations and Reflections: Emerging Leaders in Public Art Administration

Posted by Ms. Patricia Walsh, Sep 02, 2014 0 comments

"Champion Flock Weed Eaters," 2011 YIR and a former project of Patricia Walsh's. Photo: Jed Berk "Champion Flock Weed Eaters," by Jed Berk. 2011 YIR Winner, managed by Patricia Walsh.


As Norie Sato asked in her “Is Public Art Dead?” blog back in May, “Public art as we know it […]is getting to be more than 40 years old. Programs are celebrating 30, 40, 50 years of existence. It is no longer a new thought, no longer exciting in its promise, reach and approach…or is it?

Throughout her blog post she contemplates some of the trends that have been plaguing the field as it has developed over the past half century. This week during the Emerging Leaders in Public Art Administration Blog Salon we will hear from the next generation of public art administrators who are eager to move the field forward in the next evolution of public art as we continue onward into the 21st Century.

Bloggers for this salon were asked to respond to the administration of public art in a personal way or reflect on the field as a whole; and some did both. Looking over the writings for this week, it is clear that there is movement happening in the field. That whatever definitions we had of public art are expanding and growing, and the next generations of leaders are eager to work with the foundations and develop their own place as the field expands.

The responses from bloggers were as expansive as they were broad. From contemplations on the foundations of public art programs, to considering how we interact with the community and why we all do what we do - the writers reflected on their experiences and considered the future of the field.

I hope the blogs over the course of this week inspire, and that you use them to continue the evolution of the public art field – and in the words of Norie Sato, “keep our field vital, alive, and inspirational.”

The Emerging Leaders in Public Art Blog Salon is generously sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University.

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