How do we engage the community in the public art planning process?
Public art programs should create a project advisory committee for each new public art project. Committee members should include key stakeholders like representatives of the city, site, and community. It can be quite beneficial for a program to convene educational presentations or workshops on public art early in the commissioning process, and these presentations might include examples of artworks from other communities as well as information about the proposed project. This helps educate and involve the affected community and it ensures that new commissions are responsive to their needs. Visioning workshops, or “charrettes,” may also be useful. The commissioning agency should establish clear roles for the committee and define how their input will be utilized in the design and planning of the project.