How to Write a Public Art Emergency Preparedness Plan

Friday, June 14, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

In a natural or manmade community disaster, art in public space is often at risk. Do you have a plan to address such emergencies? In this workshop, take the first steps towards developing your own Public Art Emergency Preparedness Plan!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the basic components to consider when crafting an emergency preparedness plan for public art.
  2. Talk through what stakeholders need to both develop and implement these plans.
  3. Hear examples of public art (and other) emergency preparedness plans and how they worked.


Rosa Lowinger
Principal and Chief Conservator
RLA Conservation

ROSA LOWINGER is President and Chief Conservator of RLA Conservation, Inc. a firm with offices in Miami and Los Angeles that serves the needs of dozens of public art agencies nationwide.  A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, she was the 2008-09 Rome Prize Fellow in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome where she conducted a pilot project researching the history of vandalism to public art and public space. Rosa frequently addresses emergency concerns of public art collections and lectures widely on the topic. She conducted the 2017 webinar for the Public Art Network titled Basics in Addressing Damaged Public Artworks following the hurricane and fire season, and served as guest lecturer for the Americans for the Arts Accumulation + Action Values Assessment online course in May 2014. She was a panelist for Far Sited: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places, a symposium held in October 2015 at California State University at Long Beach and produced the Care of Outdoor Sculpture brochure for AIG Insurance’s Private Client Group. In November, Rosa will co-chair the Association for Preservation Technology’s annual Conference in Miami. She is an ongoing participant of the Getty Conservation Institute’s Outdoor Painted Sculpture Initiative, a forum that aims to codify the aesthetics and conservation protocols for care of painted sculpture.