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This toolkit was developed by William Lager for Forecast Public Art. This project was directed by Melinda Childs with assistance from Nichole Goodwell and Jack Becker. Special thanks to Alison Hiltner for artist feedback and suggestions.

The Public Art Toolkit was made possible with support from:

Forecast Public Art is additionally supported by the following organizations:

Legacy Act

National Endowment for the Arts

Legacy Act

Legacy Act

Legacy ActThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.



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Keep It Simple is a free, W3C-compliant, CSS-based website template by This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

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SERVICE MEDIA: Community as Collaborator

How can artists engage others beyond the accepted aesthetic norms of public art? This engaging and collaborative form of public art, which I call "service media," is very different from typical group object-building art workshops, not to mention the simple plopping of a statue on the square. And it is gaining ground.

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What is art in public places?

Art in Public Places: It is useful to distinguish art in public places — art simply placed in a public setting — from “public art,” a practice that thoughtfully and effectively considers the context for art in public.

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