Regional Professional Groups
National Organizations and Resources
International Organizations and Resources
Other Ways to Get Connected

Regional Professional Groups

Local and regional public art networks are ad hoc groups of public art professionals that meet to discuss specific public art issues in their community. Meetings rotate among host agencies and serve as a networking tool between experienced public art administrators and those new to the field. Sharing of best practices advances the field locally and promotes standards of excellence for public art professionals nationally.

The following regions have organized public art networks. Please contact the representative listed to find a local public art network meeting in your area. If you have a network not listed, or if there is not a network in your region and you would like to lead one, please let us know. Send an e-mail to Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager at pwalsh@artsusa.org.
 

Arizonia

Arizona Commission on the Arts, Kristen Pierce, Organizational Services Coordinator

California

Northern California Public Art Administrators Network (NorCal PAAN), Steven Huss, NorCal PAAN Contact

Public Art Coalition of Southern California (PAC SoCal), Rebecca Ehemann, PAC SoCal Contact

Colorado

Colorado State Public Art Network, Michael Chavez, Public Art Program Manager, Denver Arts & Venues

District of Columbia

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) Regional Public Art Network, Liesel Fenner, DMV Contact

Florida

Florida Association of Public Art Professionals, Malinda Horton, Organziation Manager

Idaho

Northwestern Public Art Conference (NoWPAC), Peggy Kendellen, 2016 NoWPAC Host

Iowa

Iowa Arts Council - Iowa Public Art Network (IPAN), Matthew Harris, Administrator

Maine

New England Foundation for the Arts - Public Art ProgramSummer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi'kmaq), Program Coordinator

Maryland

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) Regional Public Art Network, Liesel Fenner, DMV Contact

Massachusetts

New England Foundation for the Arts - Public Art ProgramSummer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi'kmaq), Program Coordinator

Minnesota

Public Art Scrambler hosted by Forecast Public Art, Kirstin Wiegmann, Director of Education and Community Services Partner

Montana

Northwestern Public Art Conference (NoWPAC), Peggy Kendellen, 2016 NoWPAC Host

New Hampshire

New England Foundation for the Arts - Public Art ProgramSummer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi'kmaq), Program Coordinator

Oregon

Northwestern Public Art Conference (NoWPAC), Peggy Kendellen, 2016 NoWPAC Host

Pennslyvania

Philadelphia Public Art Forum hosted by the Assocation for Public Art, Laura S. Griffith, Assistant Director

Rhode Island

New England Foundation for the Arts - Public Art ProgramSummer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi'kmaq), Program Coordinator

Texas

Texas Public Art Administrators, Carrie Brown, Texas Public Art Administrators Contact

Viriginia

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) Regional Public Art Network, Liesel Fenner, DMV Contact

Vermont

New England Foundation for the Arts - Public Art ProgramSummer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi'kmaq), Program Coordinator

Washington

Northwestern Public Art Conference (NoWPAC), Peggy Kendellen, 2016 NoWPAC Host

 

National Resources and Organizations

Public Art Network Listserv

The Public Art Network listserv encourages dialogue and discussion of critical public art issues and acts as a networking tool and research engine for the field. Recent issues that have appeared on the listserv have included discussions on copyright, best practices in artist selection, insurance for temporary projects, contract information, deaccessioning policies, and examples of public art in public transportation. In addition to postings by members, the listserv features project opportunities.

The listserv is available exclusively to Americans for the Arts members. If you are not a member, and would like more information, please visit the Become a Member page to learn how to join.

Public Art Review Magazine
A magazine published by Forecast dedicated exclusively to public art.

Forecast Public Art 
A non-profit arts organization that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities, guiding our partners in creating public art that expresses the community’s sense of place and pride.

Public Art Dialogue (PAD)
An organization devoted to public art. PAD was founded on the premise that dialogue is the essential element in all effective public art endeavors.

International Sculpture Center
A member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

International Resources and Organizations

Creative City Network of Canada - Public Art Network

The Creative City Network of Canada is committed to connecting everyone involved in public art such as artists, public art officers, curators, conservators, installation crews, foundries, private donors, businesses and citizens to raise the level of Public Art practice in communities across Canada

ixia
A UK-based public art think tank who provides guidance on the role of art in the public realm.

Public Art Online
A UK-based online resource for all of Europe.

Public Art (Now)
A UK-based public art organization is a national programme of talks, films, publications and workshops, devised by Situations with our partners, dedicated to showcasing internationally significant new forms of public art.

European Network of Public Art Producers (ENPAP)
A European-based organization who aim is to raise criticality in public art commissioning practice through a mutually beneficial network. The network promotes knowledge exchange, developments in new working methods and establishes a common vocabulary for new forms of production and public engagement across contemporary art.

Other Ways to Get Connected

In addition to the below resources and organizations, reading articles about public art online can provide insight into new programs, current issues facing the field and potential upcoming calls for artists. Finding articles on public art can be done by setting up Google Alerts or a Yahoo! Alert, which can be set up to scan the Internet for public art related articles and be sent to your email account on a regular basis.