On Location

Hard Work in a Hybrid Space

TWIN CITIES – Public art program administrators and their colleagues who run public-art-oriented nonprofits need to be negotiators. Not only do they have to talk a good game about their projects, they have to negotiate the conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders: artists, community groups, government entities, private-sector players like developers and building owners, and anybody … Read More

The Makeover of Milan’s “Rainbow Tower”

MILAN – In a world where public art is in danger of deterioration because of maintenance-budget restrictions, forgetfulness, or the sheer complexity of city life, some works are simply too iconic not to refurbish. Case in point: The 2015 makeover of the “Rainbow Tower” (Torre Arcobaleno) near Milan’s fashionable, design-conscious Garibaldi district. Built in 1964 … Read More


Indianapolis Neighborhood Renewal Project to Include a Crime-Fighting Arts Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS – An ambitious program to restore and build homes in Indianapolis’ struggling Near Eastside neighborhood is getting an art-oriented … Read More

Designing The Future, Freestyle

VIDEO – There’s no end to the prescriptions that adult pundits make for dealing with urban issues. But how would … Read More

The Street Museums

Whether you call it graffiti art, urban art, street art, or post-street art, the work of spray can and sticker … Read More

Recent Projects

People’s Expungement Clinics

PHILADELPHIA – A minor felony conviction like drug possession can be a ball and chain for people who have served … Read More

Lost Man Creek

Right now, you can go visit an artwork in the form of a living redwood forest in downtown Brooklyn. A … Read More

Public Posts

It was the day after Election Day. In the wake of the shock felt by many Americans at the victory … Read More


Public Servants

Public Servants is the second book in the revived Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture series, whose first run, between … Read More

Richard Florida’s Top-Down Urbanism

A decade and a half ago Richard Florida’s “creative class” research became a sensation and opened new avenues of dialogue … Read More

Monumental Problems

Designed by architect Maya Ying Lin in 1981, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) on the National Mall is, according to author … Read More

Shop Talk

“How Do We Go Beyond Talking?”

Roberta Uno leads Arts in a Changing America, a five-year initiative based at the California Institute of the Arts. She … Read More

The Art Department

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) could be a cabinet-level agency of the federal government—in your dreams, and … Read More

Q&A: Theresa Sweetland

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Theresa Sweetland brings a lifetime commitment to the arts and social justice to her new role … Read More