The Contradictions Between Placemaking and Public Art.

Thursday, June 15, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The melding of public art with community building and enhancement efforts inevitably impacts the art that is produced. While Creative Placemaking projects involve and improve the community/site, build identity and foster economic development, Public Art creates experiential moments intended to provoke marvel, reflection, or delight for viewers. This panel will share viewpoints about the impact on the art-making processes and outcomes when art is incorporated into community projects with multiple disciplines and goals. Considering the practices of each, differences and common ground, we’ll raise these issues and hear firsthand experiences from art makers, funders and planners/administrators as we explore this transition in our field and its meaning for public art.
Audience: This session is designed for those who have significant experience in the field of public art.
Session Type: Discussion.


Matthew Mazzotta
Matthew Mazzotta
Canton, New York

Matthew Mazzotta is an international public artist who works at the intersection of art, activism, architecture, design, and urban planning as well as ethnography, community building, and local government. Matthew’s work focuses on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His community-specific public projects integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into their planning processes and reveal how the spaces we travel through and live within have the potential to become distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges. Each project is launched with temporary public spaces for listening or Outdoor Living Rooms as a way to capture voices from local residents. Stemming from this approach involves people from a range of backgrounds coming together to create new models of living that contribute to local culture beyond the economic realm. Matthew is a graduate of MIT and currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard.