Data-driven Advocacy and Care for Public Art Collections

Thursday, June 15, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take an in-depth look at strategies public art programs are using to advocate for and undertake the critical care of their cultural assets. We’ll consider innovative ways that collection data can be used for collection care, advocacy, and public engagement. The session will focus on unconventional tactics that utilize methodologies historically applied to non-arts asset management. Specific case-studies from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington State will be presented, with time allotted for audience discussion focused on inspiring creative and unconventional approaches to problem solving. Speakers will provide concrete tools that participants can utilize within their own agencies to advocate for and increase the visibility of their collections.

Audience: This session encourages new explorers and those who want to learn more advanced options.

Session Type: Panel.


Allison Cummings
Seior Registrar, Civic Art Collection
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, New Jersey

Allison Cummings is the Senior Registrar for the San Francisco Arts Commission, responsible for the stewardship of the city's public art collection of approximately 4,000 works and their respective archive records collected over the last 150 years. The Civic Art Collection includes large scale historic public monuments, WPA-era murals, and contemporary public art installations, as well as a significant collection of paintings, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and jewelry. Formerly with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, she has over 19 years in art collection management experience and holds degrees in Art History and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.