Arts Education & Public Art: Towards Practice

Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In this third and final installment of the annual Arts Education & Public Art series, hear about what we've learned and explore some specific, replicable examples of crossover between public art and arts education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore three years of conversation and research about the intersection of public art and arts education.
  2. Hear concrete case studies of examples at the arts education/public art intersection.
  3. Map next steps, including access to a network of others interested in working more deeply at this intersection.



Michael Sweney
Art in Public Places Program Manager
Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)
Olympia, Washington

Mike joined ArtsWA in 2007 and has led the public art team since 2011. One of the country’s oldest statewide public art programs, Art in Public Places has been a leader in developing and administering best practices for art acquisition and collection care. Mike has managed more than 100 public art projects throughout the state in the diverse communities of Washington’s public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to ArtsWA, he was an art gallery director with Davidson Contemporary in Seattle and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. He is a past board vice president for Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art and currently serves on the Tacoma Art Museum’s Collection Committee, the Advisory Committee for Washington State University’s new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and chairs the Tacoma Arts Commission. He holds a BA degree in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College.

Patricia Walsh
Public Art and Civic Design Program Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia Walsh is the manager of the public art programs for Americans for the Arts. Prior to working at Americans for the Arts she was a cultural programming specialist for the public art program at the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas, served on the City of Palo Alto Public Art Commission and was the program coordinator for the City of San Jose Public Art Program. She earned her master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University also holds a Bachelor in Arts in painting from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Olivia Gude
Professor & Chair of Art Education
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Artist and educator Olivia Gude is the Chair of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Gude served as a member of the Visual Arts writing team for the Next Generation National Visual Arts Standards. She has created many award-winning collaborative mural and mosaic projects. Her research focuses on developing new paradigms for visual art curriculum; her articles include: Drawing Color Lines, Postmodern Principles, Principles of Possibility: Considerations for a 21st Century Art and Culture Curriculum, New School Art Styles: the Project of Art Education, and Art Education for Democratic Life. In recent years, Gude has united her work as a community artist and art educator by creating participatory spaces in which teachers investigate and re-invent the social practice of art education.