Annual Public Art & Placemaking Preconference

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention Public Art & Placemaking Preconference is the only annual convening that occurs nationally and spcifically addresses public art and placemaking. The Preconference program includes keynote presenters, breakout sessions, and tours. This is also when we present the annual Year in Review and Public Art Network Award. Presentations address specific topics, trends, and issues in contemporary public art practice today. The gathering is an opportunity to network with hundreds of public art professionals from across the United States and learn lessons and tools to take home to your community.

Webinars & Digital Classrooms

We know you can’t always take the time to come to in-person conferences and trainings, so we offer webinars that cover a range of public art topics to build the knowledge and skills necessary for growing and maintaining a successful public art program. We also offer a webinar Classroom series of 4-6 webinars addressing a specific topic to allow for discussion and information sharing.

On-Demand Webinars

Available free of charge to Americans for the Arts professional members. Our webinars are also available to nonmembers for $35.00 each.

Tools & Resources

Public art professionals need access to tools and resources to advance public art in their communities. We have developed a central location for all of your information needs. Check out the Tools & Resources pages that in includes information for Public Art Administrators and Public Art Artists, as well as Topic-Specific Resources and how to Connect to the Public Art Field.

Connecting to the Public Art Field

New to public art and want to learn more? Administer a public art program and want to join others to share information and learning? The “Connecting to the Public Art Field” page provides contact information and resources to learning more and staying in-touch to the public art field on a Regional, National and International level. 


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Public Art Network Award

Every year, the Public Art Network (PAN) Council selects and presents the PAN Award in recognition of innovative and creative contributions and/or exemplary commitment and leadership in the field of public art. It can be given to either an individual or an organization, either public or private. The award is presented at the annual Public Art & Placemaking Preconference. (The PAN Award is not a project award. Please refer to the PAN Year in Review below for project recognitions.)

Public Art Network Year in Review

The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review annually recognizes outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. Two or more public art professionals serve as jurors to review hundreds of project applications and select up to 50 projects from across the country to highlight. The Public Art Network Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Find out more about the PAN Year in Review, search the PAN Year in Review Database or view recognized projects that are available on CD-ROM in our Online Store.