Difficult Dialogues in the Public Art Process

Thursday, June 14, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Public art projects in general are complex endeavors filled with many unanticipated and sensitive challenges. Frequently public art administrators are assigned these projects with little direction but high expectations. Funding sources, custom selection processes, partners, site selection, public opinion, future maintenance, ultimate ownership, and high emotional stakes are just a few of the hurdles encountered along the way to a meaningful and rewarding culmination. Hear true stories from public art professionals working on projects that sit at the cross-section of communities and difficult dialogues.



Roberta Bloom
Public Art Coordinator
City of Aurora, CO
Aurora, Colorado

Roberta Bloom, Public Art Coordinator, Aurora, CO, where she worked with the 7-20 Memorial Committee on the creation of a memorial to the victims and survivors of the Aurora theater shooting. With over 35 years of professional experience in the arts, non-profit management, public administration, and education, Roberta headed up the ceramics program at a private art school, chaired a college art department, directed Colorado’s statewide public art program, and served as the assistant director of a non-profit art center. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Ohio University. Her artwork (functional pottery, sculpture, mosaic, and public and private mosaic commissions) has been exhibited internationally and appeared in numerous books and publications, primarily under her maiden name of Kaserman. Her varied life experiences including artist, educator, coach, project/program manager, supervisor, spouse and parent help inform her approach to the leadership of Aurora’s public art program.

Sarah Lindgren
Public Art Administrator
Louisville Metro Government
Louisville, Kentucky

Sarah Lindgren is the Public Art Administrator for Louisville Metro Government where she oversees the Public Art Initiative of Louisville Forward, the city’s integrated approach to economic and community development. She works within the Office of Advanced Planning, which studies the community’s built environment to envision, design, and implement planning solutions that create a vibrant sense of place.

As Public Art Administrator, Sarah manages the city’s collections, exhibitions, and new public art projects. She supports artists, community organizations, and city agencies, including the Commission on Public Art.

Sarah’s background includes arts administration and collection management for institutions including the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

Tracie D Hall
Director, Culture Program
Joyce Foundation
Chicago, Illinois

Tracie D. Hall is Culture Program Director at The Joyce Foundation. Prior to that appointment Hall served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for the City of Chicago where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division.Hall has also served as Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Queens Library in New York City, in The Boeing Company’s Global Corporate Citizenship Division where she worked as Community Investment Strategist and later as Chicago Community Investor; as Director of the Office for Diversity at the American Library Association; as visiting professor at Catholic, Southern Connecticut State, and Wesleyan Universities and in non-profit and public sector posts across the country.

Deeply invested in the intersection of arts access, literacy, youth and economic development, Hall led the organization and founding of the NYC Early Learning Network; developed the Seattle-based SCRIBES program, which has become a long-running youth creative writing project; conceived and curated the NEH-funded Festival of Caribbean Literature with the Connecticut Center for the Book; served as author and principal investigator on three milestone Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) initiatives; and in Chicago, has worked on several initiatives connecting art to community and workforce development. A writer and visual artist, Hall is a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of various awards and residencies for her writing, creative and community work. Holding degrees from the University of California, Yale University and the University of Washington, Hall was born and mostly raised in South Los Angeles. She is Founding Curator of experimental arts space, Rootwork Gallery and continues to make time to serve on various non-profit boards and committees.

Micaela Martegani
Executive Director & Chief Curator
More Art
New York, New York

Micaela Martegani has been involved with art since an early age, and has worked as an art historian, curator, and advisor. In 2004 she founded More Art as a way to help make contemporary art more accessible to the general public. She believes that art has great connective potential because it offers ways of communicating that are direct yet non-threatening. Art can change people’s outlook on life, and, in particular, it can have a fundamental impact on the most vulnerable or neglected members of our society.