October 17, 2017
Working Groups (by invitation): 11:00 am-12:45 pm
Panel Discussion (open attendance): 1:00-2:30 pm
The Porter Fleming Foundation and the Greater Augusta Arts Council present a public art symposium. We aim to engage the Augusta arts community and city stakeholders on the future of public art in Augusta.
Public art projects offer us a way to participate in the planning, design, and creation of communal space. For this reason, many refer to public art as a democratic art form. And while democracy can be a messy process, public art is an integral part of the fabric of American culture.
Public art does many things, most of which can be divided into four areas. It can:
- engage civic dialogue and community;
- attract attention and economic benefit;
- connect artists with communities; and
- enhance public appreciation of art.
(“Public Art: An Essential Component of Creating Communities,” by Jack Becker. http://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/pdf/2013/by_program/networks_and_councils/public_art_network/PublicArtMonograph_JBecker.pdf)
The City of Augusta is expanding its history of public art place-making. In 2012, the City of Augusta appointed the Greater Augusta Arts Council as its public art agency. After studying other cities’ public art programs, we have a public art master plan, and a Public Art Advisory Panel. As Augusta is taking its first steps into a future filled with art in public spaces, the Greater Augusta Arts Council will work with local artists, our city government, local university, fellow arts nonprofits, local businesses, and private foundations to develop this dream into reality. We want our community partners and our own staff to be as knowledgeable as possible about the possibilities for public art, therefore, we are starting with expert help.
Patricia Walsh, the Public Art Programs Manager at Americans for the Arts, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. Ms. Walsh has years of experience at every stage of development in community endeavors to create vibrant public art.
Keynote Speaker: Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager for Americans for the Arts.
Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager at Americans for the Arts is a leader in the field of Public Art Administration. Prior to working at Americans for the Arts she was a cultural programming specialist for the public art program at the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas. She served on the City of Palo Alto Public Art Commission and as a committee member for genARTS Silicon Valley, an initiative of the Arts Council Silicon Valley dedicated to serving emerging leaders. Patricia worked as the program coordinator for the City of San Jose Public Art Program where she managed the conservation and maintenance of the public artwork collection, worked on community engagement initiatives and managed temporary public art projects. One of the projects she managed was recognized with a 2010 Year in Review Award. She also volunteered with the City of Oakland public art program.
11:00-12:30 – Working Groups (by invitation)
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Coffee
1:00 pm – 1:55 pm Audience & Panel Discussion: Local Experience in Creating Public Art – Open to the Public
1:55 pm – 2:25 pm Next Steps
2:25 pm – 2:30 pm Closing
This Public Art Symposium is made possible by a grant from the Porter Fleming Foundation, and in cooperation with the Augusta University Department of Art & Design.
Location: Summerville Campus of Augusta University, JSAC Building, The Coffee House Conference Room (2nd Floor).
Register for the open panel discussion here.