Public Art Preconference: Partnerships, Artists and Community

Like most arts and cultural work, public art and artists engagement projects don’t happen without collaboration and success relies on a healthy partnership. The 2019 Public Art Preconference: Partnerships, Artists and Community will explore what partnerships mean in the world of public art. From artists embedded in municipal agencies to examining the interconnectivity between public art and non-arts sectors like planning and transportation, attendees will learn how to develop relationships with other fields to address community needs.


New Artist-Municipal Partnership

New this year, a special Artist-Municipal Partnership (AMP) thread on Thursday features case studies of two leading edge programs—Creative CityMaking, administered by Minneapolis’ Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy and City Artist administered by Public Art Saint Paul and other models. It also provides a preview of the Artist-Municipal Partnership Guide, developed by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, in partnership with A Blade of Grass.

Breakout Sessions & Networking Opportunities

Throughout the Public Art Preconference, participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts, network with peers, and tour sites in the Twin Cities to learn first-hand how artists and intersectional partnerships can support community goals. Attendees participate in four breakout sessions, have lunch with experts during moderated roundtables discussions, hear from the 2019 PAN Leadership Awardee, and engage in the PAN Year in Review session.

Attendees have additional networking opportunities during the annual Wednesday night dine-arounds—hosted by local public art professionals and PAN Council members—and the Thursday evening Preconference reception where they can mingle with attendees from both preconferences.

The Public Art Preconference begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14. This preconference will primarily take place at the Hilton Minneapolis, the Convention headquarters, with special public art and artists-municipal partnership tours occurring throughout the Twin Cities.

Photo Credit: Photo by Bill Hickey, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Wednesday, June 12
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration Open
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Public Art Preconference Dine-Arounds
Thursday, June 13
8:00 am - 9:00 am Preconference Breakfast
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration and CenterStage Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Welcome/PAN Leadership Award
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break/Exhibitors
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Artist-Municipal Partnerships: Inspirations, Impacts, and Common Issues (AMP)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Exploring the Impact of Public Art and Artists in The Transportation Field
10:30 am - 12:00 pm How to Build Relationships for the Successful Planning of Public Art
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Long-term Expectations for the Care and Management of Public Artworks
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Roundtables
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Break/Exhibitors
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm Tour 1: Artist-Municipal Partnerships: Creative CityMaking & City Artist Deep Dives (AMP)
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm Tour 2: Small Scale Public Art Interventions in St. Paul
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm Tour 3: 38th & Chicago: How Artists are Transforming Place
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm Tour 4: Public Art in the Suburbs of the Twin Cities
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Break
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Public Art Five in Five Presentations
Friday, June 14
8:00 am - 8:30 am Preconference Breakfast
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration and CenterStage Open
9:00 am - 9:15 am Americans for the Arts Public Art & Civic Design Report Out (AMP)
9:15 am - 10:45 am Trends in the Field: Public Art Network 2019 Year in Review
10:45 am - 11:00 am Closing
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Main Convention & Preconference Plus Begins