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.

Wednesday, June 15
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dine-Arounds
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Public Art Preconference Event
Thursday, June 16
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome and Orientation
9:30 am - 10:00 am Public Art Network Leadership Award
10:00 am - 1:00 pm TOUR 1: Innovation in Temporary Works
10:00 am - 1:00 pm TOUR 2: The Role of Public Art in the Roxbury: Renewal or Removal?
10:00 am - 1:00 pm TOUR 3: New Technologies, Learning Spaces and Public Art
10:00 am - 1:00 pm TOUR 4: Strategies for Survival: Artist Housing and Workspace in Fort Point
10:00 am - 1:00 pm TOUR 5: Memorials and Controversies
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch/Exhibitors/PAN Year in Review Slide Show
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Break/Exhibitors
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm How to Engage Community and Source Talent Near and Far
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Let’s Talk About Creating and Maintaining Tech-based Public Artworks
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm What Happened to Public Art Noir?
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Break/Exhibitors
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Building Equitable Communities
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Funding Programs and Artists Today
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm How Long Is Permanent?
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Preconference Party
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Five in Five Presentations
Friday, June 17
8:30 am - 9:30 am Hot Topics & Cool Conversations: Topics and Trends Roundtable Discussions
9:30 am - 10:45 am Public Art Network 2016 Year in Review
10:45 am - 11:00 am Closing
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm Precon Plus