Exploring the Impact of Public Art and Artists in The Transportation Field

Thursday, June 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Public art and artists can play an important role in enhancing the design and community engagement processes of transportation infrastructure. In this session, attendees will look at different ways in which artists and arts and culture professionals are engaging transportation challenges including traditional arts in transit programs, artists in residency programs, and rural needs, bringing the best of public art practices to the table.

Participants will learn:

  1. How communities are utilizing the arts to address transportation challenges
  2. What processes and considerations to factor in when working with community members and artists to implement a public art project
  3. What policies or resources are available to manage public art and artist in residency programs in transportation projects


Ben Stone
Director of Arts & Culture
Smart Growth America
Washington, District of Columbia

Ben Stone is Director of Arts & Culture at Smart Growth America and its program Transportation for America. Ben leads the organization’s broad efforts to help communities better integrate arts, culture, and creative placemaking into neighborhood revitalization, equitable development, and transportation planning. As a frequent advisor and speaker, Ben assists planners, transportation professionals, artists, and elected officials on creative placemaking and community-engaged art. Previously, Ben served as Executive Director of Station North, where he employed an arts-based revitalization and placemaking strategy to guide development in the state-designated arts district in Baltimore. Under Ben’s leadership, Station North became a national model for creative placemaking and equitable development through the arts and innovative collaboration. Ben’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Esquire Magazine, USA Today, Google Cultural Institute, and more. Ben is a graduate of MIT, Tufts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Chris Lange
Art in Transit Program Administrator
Charlotte Area Transit System
Charlotte, North Carolina

Since 2014, Chris Lange has been the Art in Transit Program Administrator at Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) in North Carolina. He has managed many public art projects from artist selection to fabrication and installation, including the award-winning Cornelius Park & Ride and the recently completed LYNX Blue Line Extension. Prior to joining CATS, Lange was Program Director at Alamance County Arts Council in Graham, NC where he managed exhibits in 4 galleries around the county, presented educational programs, managed the organization’s gallery gift shop and organized its biennial outdoor sculpture exhibit. In all of Lange’s experience he has worked with organizations and municipalities to foster art opportunities to further advance local artists’ careers. He earned his Master of Arts in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.