Welcome/PAN Leadership Award

Thursday, June 14, 9:00 am - 9:40 am

Join us at the opening session for the Public Art Preconference with a welcome from Americans for the Arts CEO & President Robert Lynch, PAN Council Chair Lester Burg, and Public Art Preconference Host Michael Chavez. Then hear from the 2017 Public Art Network Leadership Awardee presented by Americans for the Arts and the Public Art Network Council.



Lester Burg
Deputy Director
MTA Arts & Design - NY
New York, New York

Lester Burg worked in Los Angeles on the Downtown and Hollywood Redevelopment Projects and programs that included percent for art, and the conversion of buildings to art and performance spaces. He authored the Hollywood Arts Plan, formed the Hollywood Theatre and Cultural Advisory Committees. In West Hollywood, CA he served as the City Art Coordinator, and wrote their Public Art Guidelines. In 2005, he joined New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts & Design where he is Deputy Director. A&D has 100 active public art projects and close to 300 installed works throughout the transit system. Burg managed over 36 permanent art projects, from proposal to installation, ranging from neighborhood scale to new subway stations in Manhattan where he worked with artists Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz, Jean Shin and Xenobia Bailey on permanent installations. Burg is Chair of the Public Art Network Council.