Public Art Category

Social Practice

Any art activity that is designed to address or involve a social issue, such as homelessness, civil rights, social justice causes, etc. Art as activism, art as process, art as provocateur, etc.

December 17, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Arts and Culture Announces Cabinet

Twenty two national cultural leaders make up citizen-led, policy-oriented group

The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), an evolving, citizen-led project conceived to honor the importance of art in a democratic society, launched its first cabinet on November 17, 2014. The project/department, which organizers Arlene Goldbard and Adam Horowitz wrote about in Public Art Review in 2013, adheres to the following truths: (1) … Read More

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November 24, 2014

Art Activism in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri – Following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a movement against racial injustice began throughout the city of St. Louis. While many people have been activated to join protests, train in civil disobedience, take classes in legal rights, and get out the vote, The Regional Arts Commission … Read More

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November 23, 2014

Conflict Kitchen Stirs Up Controversy

Death threats force founders to temporarily close doors

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Since 2010, Conflict Kitchen has served the Pittsburgh community food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. This social practice takeout stand serves to humanize those at the other end of the media’s polarizing headlines and to engage the public in meaningful discussion about politics and culture. Past iterations … Read More

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November 14, 2014

Ai Weiwei @Large: VIDEO from Alcatraz 1

With his own personal experience of political imprisonment, it is not surprising that the provocative Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, focuses on incarceration and prisoners of conscience. Ai, who has earned international acclaim for his work in sculpture, installation, photography, film, and more, catapulted to prominence for … Read More

David Zlutnick and Kirstin Wiegmann | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

November 7, 2014

Creative Refuge

By Febrik

A new book sheds light on participatory art projects with children. Creative Refuge is part research catalog/part education manual from the nonprofit participatory art and design research organization Febrik. The book presents the findings from three workshops Febrik conducted with children in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanan. The workshops explored children’s dream and play … Read More

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October 29, 2014

Pollinating Neglected Places

Juan William Chávez aims to help St. Louis reclaim the history and landscape of Pruitt-Igoe

Juan William Chávez, an artist and cultural activist, sees potential in vacant spaces. Since 2010, he’s been exploring the former site of the failed Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1953, the development was riddled with poverty, violence, and segregation until it was eventually demolished in 1972. Over the years, a … Read More

Lauren Bedosky | Featured, Public Art Review

October 20, 2014

Upcoming Events for “Broadway: 1000 Steps”

Artist: Mary Miss

Mary Miss, an artist dedicated to collaborating with scientists in order to educate people about environmental issues, wants to remind us that every city is in fact an ecosystem and that every part of that system, including you and me, plays an important role. Miss is known for bringing such problems as energy consumption and … Read More

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October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

BRIGHTWATER TREATMENT PLANT (KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON) Artists: T. Ellen Sollod, Buster Simpson, Jann Rosen-Queralt Why did artists help design and decorate a new wastewater treatment plant in the Seattle area? Because it’s the law. A King County ordinance actually specifies that artists be involved early and often in community infrastructure projects. “The commitment of King … Read More

October 6, 2014

CREATE: The Community Meal Serves 2000

Artist: Seitu Jones

St. Paul-based artist and urbanist Seitu Jones organized an unprecedented community gathering. On September 14, 2014 two thousand Twin Cities residents met around a table that stretched 1/2 mile across the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. Together they shared a meal provided by local kitchens and farmers to raise awareness about food justice—the fight for all … Read More

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September 30, 2014

Autumn Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures: September – December  Washington, D.C. 5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and … Read More

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