resources & tools
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Starting & Managing a Program
Americans for the Arts has developed exceptional research and planning tools for the field of public art.
Best Practices | State of the Field
Abridged Call for Artists Guidelines
Public Art Survey Results and Analysis 2009 (PDF, 1800KB)
Methods of Artist Selection/Contracts
Public Art in Private Development Contract (PDF,170KB)
Conceptual Design Development Agreement (PDF, 185KB)
Design Development Agreement (PDF, 178KB)
Letter of Agreement for Concept Consultancy (PDF, 159KB)
Public Art Administrative Consultants Directory 2009 (PDF, 1000KB)
PAN Program Directory - COMING IN 2013!
- Production Resources for Public Artists (PDF, 365KB)
Public Art Funding: Developing Percent-for-Art Programs (PDF, 3,883KB)
- Public Art Controversy: Cultural Expression and Civic Debate (PDF, 1,612KB)
Additional information can be found on our Links page as well.
The following are a sample of the 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. (Terms and Conditions Apply)
Public Art 101 for Administrators
Presented by: Barbara Goldstein, Director of Public Art, San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and Editor of Public Art by the Book; David Allen, Director, Arts in Transit – Metro
Public Art Contracts & Copyrights
Presented by: Susan Pontious, Director of Public Art, San Francisco Art Commission; Sarah Conley, Attorney, Office of Sarah S. Conley; Larry Kirkland, Artist and Public Art Network Council Member
Going Green: How to Align Public Art with Green Building and Infrastructure
Presented by: Mary Jo Aagerstoun, President, EcoArt South Florida, Inc; Rebecca Ansert, Principal, Green Public Art; Emily Blumenfeld, Public Art Consultant, Via Partnership; Mark Brest van Kempen, Public Artist; Patricia Watts, founder/west coast curator, ecoartspace
The Controversy Conundrum: Public Art Advocacy and Communication Strategies to Keep Your Program Thriving
Presented by: Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia, Kate Patterson, Public Relations Manager, San Francisco Arts Commission, Steven Jay Tepper, Associate Director, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt