How to Build Relationships for the Successful Planning of Public Art

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

With the continued growth of public art in communities across the country, what partnerships and collaborations are necessary for the successful planning of public art? In this session, attendees will hear how to build relationships with planners, artists, and other stakeholders for the successful planning of public artworks. Hear from experts who have planned and implemented public art in counties, neighborhoods, cities and more.


Participants will learn:

  • How to build relationships for the implementation and planning of public art
  • What processes and considerations to factor in when working with planners, artists and other community stakeholders
  • What policies or resources are available to plan for public art in your community


Amina Cooper
Manager of Public Art, Curator
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Hyattsvilee, Maryland

Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. She has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), helping to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. With an interest in best practices and cultural equity, Amina has worked on projects involving strategic planning, community outreach and fundraising for public art projects in underserved communities. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.

Joan Vorderbruggen
Director of Placemaking and Public Art
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Joan Vorderbruggen serves as Director of Placemaking and Public Art for Hennepin Theatre Trust. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field and a sought-after speaker and advisor. Joan developed and implemented the Made Here storefront initiative in 2013 and oversaw the creation of four large scale murals including the now iconic Eduardo Kobra Bob Dylan mural. Her work is focused on connecting local and international artists and creatives with paid opportunities to activate the built environment in the heart of downtown Minneapolis historic Hennepin Theatre District. Her work also centers youth and adults experiencing homelessness to produce a monthly free live concert series in surface parking lots that has evolved to become a multi award winning model of participatory program design. Joan is a 2017 National Arts Strategies Fellow, an Ethical Redevelopment Salon fellow based out of the University of Chicago, and a 2019 Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Center for Policy and Governance. Joan serves on the board of directors for Forecast Public Art, Minneapolis MADDADS, and the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center while participating in multiple planning committees for downtown Minneapolis.

Robbie Kienzle
Arts Liaison & Program Planner
Oklahoma City Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

As Arts & Cultural Affairs Liaison for the City of Oklahoma City, Kienzle coordinates arts and cultural initiatives to further the City’s economic, tourism and community development priorities.  Her post oversees Arts Commission matters and work with all of the departments, trusts and authorities of the City to implement the 1% for Arts ordinance established by the City Council in 2009 as well as the current Cultural Plan for the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Prior to assuming her new post, she served for four years as Head of the Urban Redevelopment Division within the Planning Department.  She has worked for the City for 20 years and has almost 30 years of experience connecting arts, architecture and urban redevelopment to support the City’s growth and development.  Ms. Kienzle has previously served as the Director of the Festival of the Arts, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects, Oklahoma Main Street Manager for the City of Shawnee, and a Visual Arts Consultant for Oklahoma City’s original MAPS projects and Transportation for America.

Jennifer Erickson
Director of Arts and Culture
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Boston, Massachusetts

Jennifer Sien Erickson is a transdisciplinary urban planner and artist. She currently directs the arts and cultural planning practice at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving Metropolitan Boston. Her expertise includes arts and culture, community visioning, housing, fair housing, community engagement, economic development, transit-oriented development, and equity. Her prior positions included managing MAPC's Technical Assistance Program and serving as a regional planner in the Land Use department. Her work has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association - Massachusetts Chapter. Ms. Erickson is the co-founder of the APA Arts and Planning Interest Group and has served on the APA's Diversity Task Force and People and Places Task Force. Her research and writing has been published in the Journal for Planning Education and Research. She also frequently serves as a session organizer, moderator, and presenter at local, regional, and national conferences on topics pertaining to community development, equity, and arts and culture. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Erickson worked as a grantmaker, facilitating funding to organizations working to advance the quality of life in the Commonwealth. She received her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.