Forecast Public Art is a non-profit arts organization that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities, guiding our partners in creating public art that expresses the community’s sense of place and pride. Public art plays a crucial role in shaping our culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Forecast Public Art was one of the nation’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art, and today we remain at the forefront of public art innovation.
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The Holcim Foundation selects and supports initiatives that encourage sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting building and construction. Its main objective is the non-commercial promotion and development of sustainable construction at national, regional, and global levels. The organization seeks to unite diverse global expertise and increase awareness of the critical role of the built environment. Its main initiatives are the Holcim Awards, an international competition for future-oriented projects and visions, and the Holcim Forum, a series of academic symposiums dedicated to topics in sustainable construction.
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The Public Art Network is the only Professional Network Dedicated to Advancing Public Art.
Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.
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Public Art Review Magazine is published by Forecast Public Art and devoted exclusively to the field of public art. cultureNOW has been digitizing much of the content in the magazine to add an online/ app component to the printed material.
WRAP: Web Resources for Art in Public is an aggregate for public art.
Celebrating the Western Imagination through the Arts The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a regional nonprofit arts service organization whose mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. This is accomplished by assisting state arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts and arts education for all citizens. Through innovation, advocacy, and grantmaking, WESTAF encourages the creative development and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of customers and alliances.
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Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fifth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.
Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment.
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Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations.
Our vision is to encourage the exploration of architecture, environmental and landscape design, urban design, interior design, fashion, graphic design and photography, product and industrial design, and studio design such as furniture, decorative arts, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and more.
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The museums and historic landmarks of Lower Manhattan are an American treasure. Explore one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world. All 14 Museums are open and free for one night in June - See more at: http://www.mjhnyc.org/nightatthemuseums/#sthash.Ru1zW3cG.dpuf
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openhousenewyork promotes a greater appreciation of the city’s built environment; broadens public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educates and inspires discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcases outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit.
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Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.
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Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space—our streets. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2014, more than 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.br>
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Urban Design Week is a new public festival created to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm, and to celebrate the streetscapes, sidewalks, and public spaces at the heart of city life. Through an open-call ideas competition and a rich roster of discussions, tours, screenings, workshops, and events across the five boroughs, UDW will highlight the fact that cities are made by collective effort, and that each of us can play a part.
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The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program was established to help create a more beautiful and vibrant city, and to extend the benefits of art and culture throughout Phoenix. Over the past quarter century, the program has involved artists with architects, engineers, landscape architects and city planners in the design and construction of a wide range of award-winning public facilities and spaces, including neighborhood parks, community centers, bridges, plazas, streets, overpasses, recycling centers and other important civic features.The Public Art Program was established in 1986 through an ordinance that allocates one percent of the city's Capital Improvement Program to public art.
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Live the art. Love the place. The mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to serve as a leader in defining art in the public realm through creative place-making, signature cultural events, exhibitions, and installations — contributing to the community’s creative, cultural, and economic vitality.
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Formed 115 years ago - AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of our local architecture and design community. AIA|LA's membership includes architects and design professionals actively engaged in the industry. Members work at diverse companies represent...ing a broad range of professional practices. Through advocacy, education, networking and outreach, AIA|LA serves as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthier, more sustainable and economically competitive.
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Public art can contribute to defining a city’s identity and to unifying a city’s vision. Culver City’s Art in Public Places Program (also referred to as Public Art Program) was established by Ordinance in 1988, with the view that cultural and artistic resources will:
- Enhance the quality of life within a city;
- Increase real property values;
- and, Stimulate economic development.
By engaging the urban landscape, Culver City’s Public Art Program brings the experience of art to a broad and diverse group of people. The goal of the program is to balance the community’s physical growth and revitalization with its cultural and artistic resources, resulting in improving the general welfare of the City, and increasing the availability of art to the public.
To date, there are nearly 80 pieces of public art in Culver City. Approximately half are on private property and the other half on public (City) owned property. In the summer of 2005, City staff began inventorying all pieces of art work commissioned through the Art in Public Places Program with the goal of making it publicly available at all times. The collection can be browsed either by artist’s last name, location, or by date of the art work.
Description Courtesy of the Culver City Art in Public Places Program
Inglewood’s Public Arts Education Program arises from the Cultural Arts Master Plan commissioned in 1996. The mission of the Cultural Arts Master Plan is to improve the quality of life in Inglewood through developing residents' awareness, understanding, appreciation and participation in the arts and to infuse arts into all facets of Inglewood society, including: education, religion, business, social services, public agencies sports and entertainment. Use of this Plan is the principal tool by which this mission is achieved.
Description Courtesy of the City of Inglewood Public Art Collection Department of Parks, Recreation, and Library Services
The goal of the Pasadena Public Art Program is to build a publicly available collection of contemporary art that celebrates the human spirit and condition. The Public Art Program seeks to assemble a cohesive collection that encourages public dialogue, understanding and enjoyment of public art. Public art serves as the perfect medium for illustrating the broad range of cultural expression practiced in the Pasadena community.
Description Courtesy of the City of Pasadena Public Art Program
The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) is a public agency that serves as a catalyst for community growth and prosperity. It lays the groundwork and provides the preconditions that enable private investors to revitalize neglected communities. Its work is authorized by California Community Redevelopment Law (California Health and Safety Code). Since its founding in 1948, it has brought new hope to residents, business owners and others who dream of seeing their communities share in the City's prosperity. It continues to develop innovative responses to changing economic conditions, with the goal of creating a better quality of life today and for future generations.
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In 2004, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the County’s first Civic Art Policy, which allocates one percent of design and construction costs of new County capital projects to a Civic Art Special Fund.
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program provides leadership in the development of high quality civic spaces by integrating artists into the planning and design process at the earliest possible opportunity, encouraging innovative approaches to civic art and providing access to artistic experiences of the highest caliber for the residents of Los Angeles County. Working with leading artists, emerging public artists, County departments and communities, the Civic Art program creates artwork, design, public engagement activities, exhibitions, temporary art and event based programming for new and renovated facilities throughout Los Angeles County. The program has commissioned work for capital projects for public libraries, parks, pools, community centers, jails and health centers.
Los Angeles County is the largest municipal jurisdiction in the United States serving a population of over ten million people. The County covers more than 4,000 square miles ranging from mountains to beaches and encompasses 88 cities and 137 unincorporated areas. In response to a complex governing structure, large geographic area, diverse populations served and the changing nature of the public art field, the Civic Art Program is developing new approaches to public engagement, project scoping and management and collections care.
Description Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Civic Art Collection
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area.
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DCA significantly supports artists and cultural projects through four distinct types of arts programs within its Public Art Division, each committed to the creation and/or maintenance of art within the public realm: the Public Works Improvements Arts Program (PWIAP, more commonly known as Percent-for-Public-Art or Public % for Art), the Private Arts Development Fee Program (ADF), the Murals Program, and the City’s Art Collection.
Description Courtesy Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program
The City of Sacramento’s nationally renowned Art in Public Places (APP) program was established in 1977 to expand public experiences of visual art by installing artworks in public spaces. It includes a collection of more than 400 permanently sited works of art integrated into Sacramento’s built and natural environments. More than 80% of these artworks are by local and regional artists.
Description Courtesy of the City of Sacramento
The Public Art Program is committed to promoting a diverse and stimulating cultural environment in order to enrich the lives of the City’s residents, visitors and employees.
The Civic Art Collection is comprised of over 4,000 objects that include: historic monuments, memorials, gifts to the city, annual art festival purchases made from 1946 to 1986 and more recently, the hundreds of contemporary artworks commissioned through the City’s Public Art Program. Valued in excess of $90 million dollars, this extremely diverse collection represents many significant art movements executed by artists of national and international renown and includes the work of generations of San Francisco artists. Consistent with the Commission’s mission to integrate artwork into the fabric of daily life in the City, the artwork is found in public facilities and spaces of every description such as hospitals, libraries, courthouses, parks, playgrounds, libraries, along the waterfront, in major plazas such as Union Square, Moscone Convention Center, the airport and the zoo.
Description Courtesy of the San Francisco Arts Commission
The City of San José Public Art Program seeks to build community identity by initiating artworks and exhibitions that enliven our community. Through active engagement between the artists and project stakeholders, public art strives to reflect the City's ethnic diversity, historic richness, and envision its present and future.
Description Courtesy of the City of San Jose Public Art Program
MOA is a multifaceted arts organization that abides by the mission: To make art a part of everyday life. The “M” in MOA refers to our indoor Museum space at our headquarters in Englewood. The “O” refers to our Outdoor art collection and our flagship amphitheater. The “A” refers to our Arts programs, performances, collaborations and developments.
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To promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.
Description Courtesy of State of Colorado Public Art
Stapleton has set a very high standard for architecture in our residential, commercial and landscape designs. Forest City has a long-term investment in Stapleton, so we're working to create a place that will stand the test of time. We believe that good design creates good long-term value... for everyone involved.
Public art is just one way Stapleton is working to create value in its landscape. To the right you will see the existing artwork featured throughout the community. As Stapleton grows, our art collection will expand, becoming more and more a living gallery.
Description Courtesy of Stapleton Public Art Collection
The Office of the Arts of the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through its grant programs, the office invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public’s participation as creators, learners, supporters, and audience members. Through its program and services, the office connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state.
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New Haven is home to more than 500 works of publicly accessible art, with the City itself owning about half of this number. The City-owned collection includes monuments and murals, Percent-for-Art projects, Mayoral portraits, Federal Art Project works of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and many miscellaneous works difficult to categorize. Many monuments are housed in the City's expansive park system. Community art, especially in the form of murals and monuments, continues to be added to the city's cultural heritage.
Description Courtesy of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New Haven
Exceptional museum collections are the foundation of the public life of art at Yale, but the University's commitment to art as a public trust does not end at the museum door. From the Old Campus to Science Hill, from Branford College to Memorial Hall, works of art sited in courtyards or plazas, lobbies or lecture halls, inspire reflection and offer aesthetic pleasure. Hallmarks of the remarkable cultural life of this institution, they lend a public face to Yale's educational mission. The much beloved statue of Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, Claes Oldenburg's pop art icon Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, and Maya Lin's The Women's Table are but three of the many treasures visible around the campus.
Description Courtesy of Public Art at Yale
Site Projects is a community based non-profit organization that commissions site-specific art projects in the public realm in New Haven by internationally-recognized artists. The goal is to present visual art that appeals to a broad and diverse audience and that is site-specific to New Haven, an economically and ethnically mixed city that supports a vibrant arts community and many other cultural resources.
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Originating in 1976, the Broward County public art program took a dramatic shift in 1995 30 years of Public Art & Design in Broward County when the allocation from county construction projects was increased to two percent. The program was renamed 'Public Art and Design' to reflect a renewed dedication to enhancing architecture and urban spaces through the ideas and creations of visual artists. The money is distributed to art (70 percent), project support (15 percent) and long-term conservation (15 percent). Major projects occur at airports, ports, roadways, libraries, parks and other county buildings.
In Broward County, the purpose of the program is to contribute to the enhancement of urban design through the creation of commissioned works of art that create a sense of place, that improve the visual environment for the citizens of Broward County and that advance the missions of the County departments wherethe projects reside. Today more than 244 artworks are installed at 90 locations.
Description Courtesy of the Broward County Public Art & Design Program
The Delray Beach City Commission adopted a public art ordinance, establishing the Public Art Advisory Program and setting aside 1.5% of Delray Beach capital construction projects over $200,000 for public art.
The seven-member board recommends, initiates, and oversees public art projects and establishes the direction for selection of artwork.
Description Courtesy of Delray Beach Art in Public Places
Jacksonville's Art in Public Places program was legislated in 1997 with the City of Jacksonville's Art in Public Places Ordinance, which requires that 0.75 percent of construction costs of eligible public building projects be dedicated to the purchase of public art. Our city's program is one of the broadest to launch all at once, with 28 projects mandated for its first three years of implementation. The program is directed by the city's Art in Public Places Committee, which appoints an Art Selection Committee for each project.
Description Courtesy of Jacksonville's Art in Public Places Program
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and its volunteer advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Council, develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for our community's thousands of artists and not-for-profit cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council provide grants and technical assistance to cultural organizations and individual artists; develop and improve cultural facilities; create and advance arts education, public information and outreach programs; advocate for effective cultural policies and for more public and private resources to invest in cultural development; and promote and market our cultural assets broadly and innovatively.
Founded in 1976, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council cultivates Greater Miami's thriving, vibrant, international cultural community.
The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children's Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by Ticketmaster for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Miami-Dade County Communications Department, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
Miami-Dade Art in Public Places serves the community through the implementation of art installations and educational programming dedicated to enriching the public environment and to preserving and enhancing the artistic and civic pride of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Art in Public Places promotes collaboration and creative art projects that improve the visual quality of public spaces. At their most successful, these public art installations can transform public spaces from ordinary civic areas to sites that can lift the spirit and connect with the community.
One of the first public art programs in the country, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places was established in 1973 with the passage of an ordinance allocating 1.5% of construction cost of new county buildings for the purchase or commission of artworks. Art in Public Places is overseen by a citizens' Trust appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Trust receives recommendations on acquisitions and commissions from the Professional Advisory Committee, an independent group of arts professionals.
For more than a decade, the focus of the program has been on site-specific, collaborative projects that involve the thinking of artists, landscape architects, historians, engineers, and architects in a team approach. Creative problem solving through innovative collaborations has resulted in projects that validate, define, and expand community identity.
The goals of the program are several: to enhance the artistic heritage of Miami-Dade County, to give dimension to the public environment for residents and visitors, to increase public awareness to works of art, and to promote understanding and awareness of the visual arts. The Art in Public Places program has given Miami-Dade County national visibility in the arts and a leadership role in public programming. Through Art in Public Places, the County supports the development of a unique and vital civic environment.
The mission of the program is to provide art that complements public buildings, parks and plazas; creates a sense of place and enhances community identity; improves the design quality of public infrastructure; and contributes to the missions of the county departments where projects are sited.
Description Courtesy of Palm Beach County Art in Public Places
The arts and culture of Pinellas County are an integral part of the community. It heightens awareness of the civic value of culture in such arenas as arts education, economic vitality and cultural tourism.
Description Courtesy of Pinellas County Arts Council
Our mission is to create a collection of art work that is of excellent quality, both dynamic and current.
Description Courtesy of The University of Florida Art in State Buildings
The Public Art program at USF focuses on site responsive works, typically resulting in the creation of places, as opposed to objects. Most projects have been developed for the interjacent spaces between buildings, with footprints that result in plazas, gardens and courtyards. These projects serve as informal gathering spaces for the various academic neighborhoods of our campus.
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The Office of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to exposing and expanding Atlanta's Public Art by working with other government, civic, and corporate agencies to increase public awareness and access to public artworks. The City of Atlanta is home to public artworks that are a resourceful blend of government, corporate and privately commissioned works of art.
Description Courtesy of City of Atlanta Public Art Collection
In 2001, the Boise City Council passed an ordinance directing that 1.4% of all capital project funds be set aside for the integration of public art into city facilities. Collaboration with city departments has resulted in the addition of murals, sculptures, and other artworks into Boise Airport, Boise WaterShed, Foothills Learning Center, Library! branches, and parks. AH staff members manage artist selection, fabrication, installation, maintenance, and conservation of these projects. Education about the art collection is provided through free tours, print media, website information, community lectures, and workshops. Boise City's public art collection consists of over 80 works, and is valued at nearly $3,000,000 and growing. A&H staff members also manage public art projects for Capital City Development Corporation, private investors, and others who have all contributed funds to commission original public art in Boise.
Description Courtesy of The City of Boise Public Art
The Chicago Public Art Collection includes more than 700 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. As part of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, the Public Art Program administers the Chicago Public Art Collection and implements the City's Percent for Art Ordinance. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists.
Description Courtesy of the Chicago Public Art Program
The City of Evanston's Public Art Committee provides a process by which the City acquires and maintains works of art; commissions works of art; identifies and administers a Public Art Fund for acquisition, maintenance and disposition of works of art; and establishes and administers a Public Art Plan and a Public Art Program. Funding is derived from a variety of sources, including a Percent for Art Ordinance, a Community Public Art Program, and private donations.
Description Courtesy of the City of Evanston
Formed in 1972, the Columbus Area Arts Council is a public, non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide visionary leadership in the arts. The Arts Council fosters, supports, and promotes growth in the arts that educate and enrich the cultural environment of Bartholomew County and Region 9.
Its purpose is to serve as the backbone support organization for the Columbus Arts District, promote Columbus as a regional arts center, market the arts as a catalyst for economic development, plan and implement arts-related events in our community, provide grants and services for arts-related organizations, and serve as the Indiana Arts Commission’s Region 9 Regional Arts Partner.
Description Courtesy of the Columbus Area Arts Council
Indianapolis believes in creating a climate in which art and culture thrives and is woven throughout the fabric of the city. And, like other airports in major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and abroad, Indianapolis International Airport features an array of permanent works specially commissioned for the space they occupy.
Currently there are 36 permanent pieces in the Indianapolis Airport Authority's collection created by 17 artists and six poets, several of whom reside in Indiana or have Indiana ties, including:
Arlon & Mary Jo Bayliss
James Wille Faust*
* Faust's "Chrysalis" piece is not currently on display but remains part of the airport art collection.
As a whole, the artists have an array of backgrounds and experience in creating public art. Their works, although seemingly disparate, all share similar themes—those of flight, nature, changing seasons, and unique features of central Indiana culture. Comprising an array of artistic media, techniques, and talents, the airport's permanent art collection serves as a visual gateway to the City of Indianapolis, introducing the city's history and heritage to visitors of all ages and background.
Description Courtesy of the Indianapolis Airport Authority
When the Arts Council of Indianapolis was created 1987, the council's central focus was serving as an advocate for local arts organizations, a mission it fulfilled largely through granting the city's arts-related financial support.
Description Courtesy of the Arts Council of Indianapolis
In 2004, the Iowa West Foundation funded a community-wide public art master planning process that included a 19-member steering committee comprised of citizens, governmental representatives and Foundation representatives. The master planning process culminated in the designation of more than 50 sites for potential placement of public art in the city of Council Bluffs. In addition, the Public Art Master Plan puts forth a mission that "by 2015 Council Bluffs will become a prosperous urban area known for its cultural enlightenment and public art collection."
Description Courtesy of Iowa West Public Art
The MTC is a predominantly volunteer-run monument preservation organization that was founded in New Orleans in 1989. Our mission is to restore, repair and forever maintain all of the monuments located in the city. Members of our Board of Directors come from diverse professional and educational backgrounds, contributing decades of experience to our preservation efforts. As we move into our third decade of service we are excited about the possibilities that we can achieve with the help of our collaborators and supporters.
Description Courtesy of Monumental Task Committee - New Orleans
Managed by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans Percent For Art Program is supported through funding generated by 1% of eligible municipal capital bonds. The Arts Council's role has been to engage local artists in producing public art that has the power to illuminate the daily existence of our citizens and link to the traditions of our communities. Today there are 40 exterior works of art and more than 35 facilities enriched with over 200 interior pieces.
Description Courtesy of Percent for Art-New Orleans
The Downtown Shreveport Development Authority actively pursues, supports, facilitates, and welcomes initiatives that aid and encourage private development, and promote and coordinate public development within the Downtown Development District of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Description Courtesy of the Downtown Shreveport Development Authority
"The Portland Public Art Committee commissions art that engages with the surrounding environment to create, enrich, or reveal a sense of place, and to express the spirit, values, visions, and poetry of place that collectively define Portland. This collection contains works of historical significance that date from the nineteenth century as well as contemporary pieces that reflect the spirit of the city."
Description Courtesy of The Portland Public Art Committee
The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. Woven through the urban landscape, site-specific artworks identify Boston as a place with long history and a great capacity for innovation. These artworks, both permanent and temporary, range from traditional and new media public art pieces to municipal design elements, such as wayfinding systems and artistic lighting.
In addition, the Art Commission has care and custody of all paintings, murals, statues, bas-reliefs, sculptures, monuments, fountains, arches and other permanent structures intended for ornament or commemoration on City property. It is the conviction of the Boston Art Commission that, in order to engender and support a thriving artistic consciousness within the city, community involvement shall extend beyond everyday appreciation to meaningful engagement in the creation, evolving interpretation and ongoing care of artworks throughout Boston's neighborhoods.
Description Courtesy of The Boston Art Commission
The Boston Society of Architects is committed to professional development for our members, advocacy on behalf of great design, and sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large. Established in 1867, the BSA today consists of more than 3,500 members and produces a diverse array of programs and publications, including ABX and ArchitectureBoston. As a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, we are a nonprofit, professional-service organization.
Description Courtesy of The Boston Society of Architects
The investigative, speculative aspect of the work of the Graduate School of Design is akin to Walter Benjamin’s wresting of tradition from its tendency to conform. Rethinking the conventions of design practice is, for us, an optimistic and essential project, undertaken with the knowledge that our efforts make a difference in the physical environment. The GSD offers an exciting setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas through the combination of disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design—together with the research of our studio-based as well as MDes and Doctoral programs. Working in collaboration with colleagues in other schools at Harvard and beyond the University, we see it as our responsibility to define the necessary framework for an intense yet engaging advancement of transdisciplinary research—providing multiplicity and consistency, singularity and diversity.
Description Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design
The mission of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC) is to create public art in Ann Arbor that improves the aesthetic quality of public spaces and structures, provides for cultural and recreational opportunities, contributes to local heritage, stimulates economic activity, and promotes the general welfare of the community.
Description Courtesy of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission
The University of Michigan enjoys a rich and engaging campus environment conducive to learning, inquiry, and creativity. We want members of our community to be at home in spaces that are uniquely "Michigan" and that embody our institutional spirit.
Public art plays a significant role in creating such an environment. We want to develop an approach that will, over time, transform U-M into a university distinguished for its public art, and that will link art more closely to the expression of our academic aspirations.
Description Courtesy of University of Michigan Public Art Collectionn
Public art is an expression of our community for the people of our community and for our visitors to view and enjoy. It is a way of communicating some of our hopes, our dreams, our visions and our sense of optimism about our city. The One Percent for Art Program builds upon an already strong foundation of renowned art in our community.
Description Courtesy of Kansas City, Missouri: One Percent for Art Collection
The Regional Arts Commission was founded in 1985 to promote, encourage, and foster the arts and cultural institutions in St. Louis City and County and to contribute to the economic development of the area through a strong presence of the arts. The mission of the Regional Arts Commission is to create an environment that nurtures artists as well as arts and cultural organizations.
Description Courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
The City of Las Vegas Arts Commission is responsible for the creation of permanent and temporary public art projects that transform public space, stimulate intellectual discourse, and celebrate cultural diversity. Through a commitment to excellence that prioritizes community collaboration, the Las Vegas Arts Commission nurtures and promotes artists, elevates civic awareness and helps contribute to a sense of place that fosters creative enterprise, generates cultural tourism and keeps Las Vegas at the forefront of global interest.
Description Courtesy of Las Vegas Arts Commission
The City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program, one of the oldest in the country, began in 1978, with the passage of the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance. This bold initiative set aside 1% of City construction funds derived from the general obligation bond program and certain revenue bonds for the purchase or commission of works of art.
Description Courtesy of the City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program
Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico's dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico's arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services including the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country.
Description Courtesy of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Originally founded in 1971 as a coalition of individuals and community groups representing New York City’s designated historic districts, the Historic Districts Council has since then has grown into the foremost citywide voice for community-based historic preservation advocacy. HDC works to ensure the preservation of significant historic neighborhoods, buildings and public spaces in New York City, uphold the integrity of New York City’s Landmarks Law and further the preservation ethic. This mission is pursued through ongoing programs offering hands-on assistance to more than 500 community and neighborhood-based groups and through direct advocacy, public-policy initiatives, publications, educational outreach and participation in community events. HDC believes that the preservation and enhancement of New York City’s historic resources – its neighborhoods, buildings, parks and public spaces –are critical to the continued success of our metropolis.
Description Courtesy of the Historic District Council
In conjunction with a massive rehabilitation program launched in the 1980's, MTA Arts & Design was created to oversee the selection of artists and installation of permanent artworks in subway and commuter rail stations. This percent for art program is one of the largest and most diverse collections of site-specific public art in the world, with more than 300 works by world famous, mid-career and emerging artists. MTA Arts & Design has grown to encompass Music Under New York, Graphic Posters, Poetry in Motion, Digital Arts, the photographic Lightbox Project, special events and industrial design issues.
MTA Arts & Design serves the over 8.7 million people who ride MTA subways and commuter trains daily and strives to create meaningful connections among sites, neighborhoods, and people
Courtesy of Public Art for Public Schools
Asheville is a place with a deep but constantly evolving arts and cultural heritage. The City of Asheville's Cultural Arts Division is dedicated to supporting the crucial role that art and heritage play in our inquisitive and creative community.
Description Courtesy of the City of Asheville's Cultural Arts Division
North Carolina had long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama and music when, by executive order in 1964, Governor Terry Sanford created the North Carolina Arts Council to strengthen North Carolina's creativity, invention and prosperity.
Description Courtesy of the North Carolina Arts Council
Public art reflects the local environment, cultural values and artistic vitality of Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma Art in Public Places offers opportunities for local artists, and also provides a vehicle for Oklahoma communities to express their identity, spirit and pride. More than 350 public art programs across the U.S. support projects in airports, libraries, parks, government buildings and neighborhoods and some 28 states have public art laws.
Description Courtesy of Oklahoma Art in Public Places
A vibrant urban cultural life is an important city asset. Over the past decade, Oklahoma City has focused substantial economic development and revitalization efforts and resources on enhancing the city’s “creative” character, especially downtown.
Description Courtesy of Oklahoma City Arts Commission
Dublin Arts Council (DAC) is a thriving nonprofit community arts organization that engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts. Dublin Arts Council, incorporated in 1984, has developed the Dublin Art in Public Places program and presents the annual DAC Sundays at Scioto summer concert series. DAC hosts a year-long Visual Arts Series of exhibitions in its gallery and further supports local creativity by awarding grants to community arts organizations. Dublin Arts Council, located at 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin, Ohio, is supported in part by the City of Dublin’s Hotel/Motel tax endowment and the Ohio Arts Council. DAC is further supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, individuals, corporations, foundations and through in-kind contributions. For more information, call (614) 889-7444 or visit dublinarts.org.
Description Courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council
The purpose of the Arts Commission is to strengthen our community, foster creativity and celebrate life through art.
Description Courtesy of Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
The program is administered by the Arts Commission through its Art in Public Places Program, which acquires, conserves and restores the collection. This administration also includes the education of the community related to the understanding and enjoyment of public art.
Toledo was the first city in Ohio to adopt a One Percent for Art program. The 1977 ordinance served as a model for Ohio's Percent for Art program, administered by the Ohio Arts Council, which began in 1990.
The Art in Public Places Collection includes work from over 40 local, national and international artists.
Description Courtesy of City of Toledo 1% for Art
Through vision, leadership, and service, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life. RACC has served the Portland tri-county area since its inception in 1995, when the city's Metropolitan Arts Commission transitioned into a separate not-for-profit organization based upon the recommendation of ArtsPlan 2000+.
RACC is the steward of several public and private investments in arts and culture, and works to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region can flourish and prosper. RACC is funded in part by local, regional, state and federal governments to provide grants to artists and operating support to art organizations in the tri-county region.
Description Courtesy of Regional Arts & Cultural Council, Portland, Oregon
Established in 1967, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.
Description Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is a department of the Metro Nashville Government. Metro Arts exists to provide leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for the community. The goal of the Metro Arts program is to integrate artwork into a variety of public sites throughout the city so that every citizen can experience cultural enrichment and enhancement of our parks, libraries, roadways, mass transit and civic spaces while supporting the cultural identity of our city.
Public Art Chattanooga (PAC), housed in the City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department, is dedicated to introducing a wide variety of high quality public art into the community, enhancing the civic environment, and enriching the lives of residents and visitors. With a collection of around 100 permanent and 40 temporary works of public art, PAC makes art accessible to all - from residents of Chattanooga and surrounding regions to the approximately 4 million visitors Chattanooga entertains every year.
Our mission is to enhance the cultural vibrancy of communities through the development of public art.
To encourage, promote, advance, and coordinate efforts to uphold the highest standards of the architectural profession in the community while creating positive change through design. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architectural profession, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment.
Description Courtesy of the Dallas Chapter of the AIA
AIA San Antonio unites the community of architects to advance architecture as professional craft and shape a more liveable and sustainable future. AIA San Antonio is the fourth largest chapter of The American Institute of Architects in the state of Texas. The chapter serves the professional needs of more than 550 architects, associates and affiliate professionals working in fields allied to architecture in the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzalez, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson and Zavala. Organizationally, AIA San Antonio is a professional association incorporated as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the state of Texas.
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Established by ordinance in 1985, the City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program collaborates with local and nationally renowned artists to incorporate the history, traditions, objects and values of the community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin's identity.
The City of Austin was the first municipality in Texas to make a commitment to include works of art in construction projects. By ordinance, 2% of budgets for capitol improvement projects are allocated to commission or purchase art for that site. Austin's Public Art Collection is found at sites such as the airport, convention center, libraries, parks, police stations, recreation centers and streetscapes, enhancing public spaces for all who live, work and visit in the City.
Description Courtesy of Austin Art in Public Places Program
The City of Corpus Christi is dedicated to expanding the opportunities for its citizens to experience art in public places and to promote tourism and economic vitality by improving the aesthetic quality of public spaces. To that aim the City seeks to incorporate artwork, in a variety of mediums, in the design of its civic spaces and capital projects. In collaboration with its citizens Corpus Christi strives to acquire quality works of art in a variety of artistic styles from an equitable distribution of regional to international artists that will promote the general welfare of its residents and visitors alike.
The Office of Cultural Affairs' Public Art program manages the commission and acquisition of new public art as well as the conservation and maintenance of the existing City art collection. The City currently maintains a collection of more than 300 pieces.
Works of public art, many created by local and regional artists, enliven parks, libraries, fire stations, recreation centers and many more public locations in downtown Dallas. The Public Art Program makes Dallas a vibrant place to live and work and a great place to visit.
Description Courtesy of City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
The El Paso Public Art Program works to enhance, promote, and define El Paso as a unique place, community, and destination in its placing of public artwork in community neighborhoods and public property.
Description Courtesy of the City of El Paso MCAD
Civic Art and design are two concepts employed in the inception, development and transformation of public space. In the 21st century, facilitating platforms for cultural engagement is more important than commissioning static works. Building public spaces for civic and cultural use requires a collaboration of designers, artists, architects, and community. Through these partnerships, both public and private, the Civic Art Team initiates, manages and maintains civic artworks throughout Houston.
Description Courtesy of the Houston Arts Alliance
The purpose of Public Art San Antonio (PASA) is to support a public process for incorporating artist services and artworks in the design of civic spaces and capital projects and to define the City of San Antonio's policies and guidelines for acquiring and commissioning art of the highest standards which shall enrich the quality of life for all residents and visitors of San Antonio. The goals of Public Art San Antonio (PASA) are to create a better visual environment for the residents and visitors of San Antonio, to integrate the design work of artists into the development of City eligible capital improvement projects, and to promote tourism and the economic vitality of the City through the enhancement of public spaces.
Description Courtesy of Public Art San Antonio
The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) includes members from diverse backgrounds, including architects and designers, city planners and developers, real estate agents, community activists, artists, and civic-minded individuals. The common thread is a commitment to enhancing the quality of life within our community through learning, discussion, and innovation. Though Rice University is the physical home of the organization, the alliance includes scholars from the University of Houston and other institutions. Support for RDA comes from individuals, corporate sponsorship, and foundations, including the Houston Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts. Our Mission The Rice Design Alliance is dedicated to advancing architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite, and programs to initiate physical improvements. We seek to enhance the quality of life within our community.
Description Courtesy of The Rice Design Alliance
The Salt Lake City Arts Council connects artists and the public by producing a number of programs in the performing, visual, literary and folk arts. The City Arts Council also provides grants to a rich and diverse group of programs produced throughout Salt Lake City, ranging from ethnic arts clubs to galleries and studios to major performing arts organizations to literary reading series and to elementary schools that invite artists to work with students in the classroom. Through the arts, the Salt Lake City Arts Council ensures that Utah's capital city is a vibrant, creative and active community, supporting a comprehensive menu of arts activities for people in every age group and from every background, recognizing that the arts in one form or another provide excitement, challenge and satisfaction to people with a wide variety of interests.
In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal
The Middlebury College campus is home to one of the most important public art collections of any American liberal arts college. The campus collection includes 20 works—mostly sculpture—by 20 different artists, many of them nationally or internationally known, and each piece in the collection is installed, maintained, and interpreted by the staff at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.
Description Courtesy of Middlebury College Public Art Collection
Arlington is home to more than sixty permanent public art projects. These projects are commissioned by the County to be integrated into various capital improvement projects, commissioned by developers as part of the site plan process, and initiated by communities. Our Public Art Policy was approved by the County Board in 2000 and a Public Art Master Plan was adopted in 2004. Arlington’s history of developer-initiated projects, however, goes back to 1979 with the commission of Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park in Rosslyn. We have hosted more than 40 temporary public art projects and continue to partner with local arts organizations, artists, and community organizations to develop, launch, and present interpretative projects, temporary works, exhibitions, and more. We expect to complete another dozen or so permanent projects within the next three years, and we are monitoring about 25 developer projects at any given time. Arlington Public Art is administered by Arlington Economic Development.
Description Courtesy Arlington Public Art
Established in 2006, Norfolk Cultural Affairs seeks to create a rich, diverse, environment that reflects, celebrates and invites all to experience the arts. We seek to give voice to our community and strive to unite, energize, prompt dialogue, and inspire the unique character of Norfolk.
The Norfolk Public Art Program strategically locates artwork in three areas that have the most visible impact; Downtown, in communities and neighborhoods, and at major gateways, transitions and connection points. The Public Art Program also manages several lead artists during the summer who mentor students hired as Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders. Description Courtesy of the Norfolk Public Art Program
AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We open doors, provide connections, keep our members and the public informed, and demonstrate our commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places. Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle is committed to excellence in architecture and service to the public. AIA Seattle membership is open to anyone with a professional or personal interest in architectural practice, and in the creation or appreciation of the built environment. AIA Seattle operates as an IRS-designated 501(c)(6) corporation. AIA Seattle is the seventh largest urban component of the American Institute of Architects, with members throughout the Puget Sound area. AIA Seattle is one of six components affiliated with AIA Washington, and the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region, both based in Olympia.
Description Courtesy of AIA Seattle
Seattle was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance in 1973. For more than 30 years, our public art program has been considered exemplary. The program integrates artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity.
Description Courtesy of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.
Description Courtesy of the Lynden Sculpture Garden
MAC is a municipal commission that funds artistic activities and initiates cultural programs that integrate, support, and advance arts and culture as an essential part of life in Madison.
Description Courtesy of the Madison Arts Commission
The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) was created to enhance the development, cultural diversity, accessibility and enjoyment of the arts for Milwaukee's citizens.
Description Courtesy of the Milwaukee Arts Board
The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.
Description Courtesy of the State of Wisconsin Arts Collection
Jackson Hole Public Art forges partnerships for the integration of art into any environment, to inspire lasting cultural, educational and economic benefits.
Description Courtesy of Jackson Hole Public Art
- By placing artwork in our everyday environment, the Public Art Program sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces; offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art; encourages citizens to take pride in public cultural expression; and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues
Description Courtesy of Richmond, British Columbia's Public Art Program
Through the Public Art Program, the Culture Division aims to contribute to the unique identity of Mississauga and its various destinations: the historic villages, Lake Ontario waterfront, the Credit River Valley and Downtown. Public art helps to create vibrant public spaces and streetscapes, making the city a place people want to live in, work in and visit.
Description Courtesy of City of Mississauga