Public Art Preconference
The Present & Presence of Public Art
Exploring the Role of Art in Communities
The presence of public art in a community space, landscape, city-scape, or rural environment visually impacts how a place is perceived and used by the community. As vehicles for this impact, artists and administrators need to understand present day concerns and what it takes to develop a public art project. Explore the role art plays in a community from the longevity and care of an artwork, how the community engages with the selection process, and unique funding opportunities. During public art tours, visit locations around Boston that emphasize unique trends happening in public art today. Walk away from your preconference experience with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing public art today, as well as the tools and knowledge that strengthen and grow your work in your community.
The Present & Presence of Public Art begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. This preconference will primarily take place at the Sheraton Boston, the Convention headquarters, with special public art tours occurring throughout Boston.