What is Public Art?

“Public art is exactly that, art in public places.” It can be bronze statues, murals, integrated architectural and landscape architecture installations, memorials, or digital media. It can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and media – temporary or permanent. It can even include performances and festivals.

“Public art often is site-specific so that it might interpret the history of a place or community; it might address a specific social or environmental issue. The work may be created in collaboration
with the community, reflecting the ideas and values of those for whom it’s created.”

“Public art is free and accessible to everyone. Whatever the form, public art instills meaning—a greater sense of identity and understandings of where we live, work, and visit—creating memorable experiences for all.”

Americans for the Arts www.americansforthearts.org