Public Art Network Council Members

Americans for the Arts Board Ex-Officio
Public Art Program Manager, Denver Arts & Venues
Program Director, Public Art - CLT, Arts & Science Council
Photo of Christian Guerra
Public Art Consultant
Photo of Clare Haggerty Smiling in a Multicolor Sweater
Senior Manager, Transportation Planning Arts and Design, LA Metro
Artist, Mythograph
Chief Curator of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and Program Manager of Arts and Culture, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Executive Director, New Mexico Arts
Photo of Sue Lambe
Art in Public Places Program Manager, City of Austin
Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis
Photo of Ben Owen
Director, Arts@MSP
Picture of Kelly Pajek by Sunny Martini
Public Art Director, 4Culture
Administrator, Palm Beach County Art in Public Places
Public Art and Creative Neighborhoods Administrator, City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program

The Public Art Network Advisory Council is comprised of leaders from local arts agencies, artists, and local governments elected by the Americans for the Arts membership. The Council’s goal is to advise staff on effective strategies to communicate the value of public art in communities across the United States through the recognition of the public art field and building relationships with AFTA’s public art members.

Every year, Americans for the Arts invites individuals interested in serving in a leadership role among our membership to nominate themselves or a colleague to the Public Art Network Advisory Council. Please review the expectations and criteria below for serving on the Public Art Network Advisory Council. Please note that these may differ from the other Advisory Councils.

Role and Expectations of Council Members:

  • Meet with Americans for the Arts' staff in two in-person meetings, and through ad hoc meetings as needed throughout the rest of the year.**
  • Participate in Joint Council Meetings (all council member convenings) as able. If serving in a leadership position on the council (Chair/Co-Chair), participate in ad-hoc planning meetings as necessary.
  • Advise on the development of tools and resources that help staff achieve the goals stated above.
  • Participate in national engagement strategies to highlight public art including writing posts for ARTSblog, programming for National Arts & Humanities Month, among other opportunities Participate in research and program evaluations conducted by Americans for the Arts
  • Assist in recognition of the public art projects.
  • Participate in selecting a slate of new Public Art Network Advisory Council candidates during the annual elections process.

The Public Art Network Advisory Council currently seeks individuals with a background in public art management, creation, or curation; has strong connections to their local or regional public art colleagues; implementing inclusive locally-based public art projects; and are receptive to the range of possibilities with the public art field.

**For the duration of 2021, expect that all council meetings and related activities will be held virtually. These may include up to regularly planned Advisory Council meetings, participation in joint/all Advisory Council member convenings, and other ad-hoc calls as determined by your Advisory Council Staff Liaison. If serving in a leadership position this may also include planning calls with other Advisory Council Chairs/Co-Chairs. Councilmember should expect in 2022 to participate in-person to two meetings until otherwise notified.