Tour 4: Engaging the Arts in Transforming Libraries and Building Partnerships

June 27, 2020, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Session Type: Public Art & Civic Design Tour

Over the last ten years, cultural institutions across the US have been re-thinking the traditional visitor experience, and finding new ways to engage audiences as cultural participants, not passive consumers. Public art, which once implied monumental, permanent works such as statues and murals, today can also mean performance, video, temporary installations, and more. At a time when cultural institutions are rethinking inclusion, public libraries offer a powerful opportunity to lower barriers to access. In this tour, participants will explore the public art program at D.C. Public Library by exploring a select number of neighborhood libraries, including permanent outdoor and indoor works and live programming. To start of the tour, Library leadership will preview plans for public art in the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and join in curatorial conversation about the role of art in public libraries today.