In this artist-to-artist interview, Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Minnesota-based Works Progress Studio—a network of creative collaborators that designs multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits—chat with principal Mike Blockstein and creative director Reanne Estrada of Public Matters, a California-based organization of artists, educators, and media professionals that design and implement socially-engaged public art projects aimed at catalyzing long-term community benefits. Matteson, Kloecker, Blockstein, and Estrada discuss the various challenges they face in their hybrid public art practice, which integrate elements of civic design, public education, media production, and community development.

Read about City Art Collaboratory—a public art initiative managed by Shanai Matteson—and other collaborative projects between artists and the City of St. Paul, Minn., in Public Art / Public Works from issue 48 of Public Art Review.

Audio by Works Progress and Public Matters, made possible through support from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.