Public Art Preconference

The Bay Lights by Leo Villareal, photo courtesy of SF Travel.The Public Art Preconference: Expanding the Ecosystem

The ecosystem of the public art field is ever expanding with the inclusion of in new players and constituents from both the arts and non-arts sectors. As the interest in public art continues to through placemaking and community engagement initiatives, so is the need for developing healthy partnerships with fellow civic-focused organizations, community stakeholders and project partners. Explore how you can adopt successful practices to impact your community and create great projects. During public art tours, visit locations around San Francisco that emphasize excellent public art and cultural landmarks. Leave your preconference experience with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing public art today, as well as the tools and knowledge to strengthen and grow your work in your community.

Expanding the Ecosystem begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16. This preconference will primarily take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Convention headquarters, with special public art tours occurring throughout San Francisco.  

Expanding the Ecosystem
is generously supported by

the Kenneth Rainin Foundation


Wednesday, June 14
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm San Francisco Arts Commission & Public Art Network Gallery Reception
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Public Art Dine-arounds
Thursday, June 15
8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome Session with PARC Presentation and PAN Award in Leadership
9:30 am - 10:00 am New Voices: Call & Response (Part 1- The Call)
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break/Exhibitors
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Data-driven Advocacy and Care for Public Art Collections
10:30 am - 12:00 pm The Artist’s View: Collaboration & the Public Realm
10:30 am - 12:00 pm The Contradictions Between Placemaking and Public Art.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch/Roundtables
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Break/Exhibitors
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Creative Partnerships in Public Art.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Exploring the Complexities of Cultural Equity in Public Art.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm The Challenge of Evaluation in Public Art.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tour 1: Explore the Public Art of the Embarcadero and Exploratorium.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tour 2: Iconic Art, Activism and Politics of Coit Memorial Tower and Murals.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tour 3: Golden Gate Park: Public Art, Architecture and the Natural Environment.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tour 4: The Mission District: The Art of Social Justice and Healing Environments.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tour 5: Mission Bay’s Art in Public Spaces for Healing and Safety.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tour 6: San Francisco International Airport: Public Art Collection & Museum
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Public Art Tours Alternatives
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Break/Exhibitors
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Preconference Reception
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Five in Five Presentations
Friday, June 16
8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am Public Art Network 2017 Year in Review
10:30 am - 11:00 am New Voices: Call & Response (Part 2 - The Response) and Closing
12:00 pm Main Convention & Precon Plus Begins
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Breakfast