How to use the Toolkit

The Public Art Toolkit is set up in 5 sections: Tools, What is Public Art?, Glossary, Project Gallery and Resources.

Tools: This is the heart and soul of the PAT, based around 8 themes, each an essential part of a Public Art Project. Each thematic section has general information about its topic, along with the specific information about three Minnesota based public art projects that follow the guide step-by-step. These three examples provide information about how similar concepts and project needs can be fulfilled in very different ways, according to the needs of the project. To learn more about the public art examples click here. While not every project follows a similar course these examples provide concrete information to illustrate the main concepts of the PAT.

What is Public Art? contains articles and information about the concepts and ideas of public art, primarily based around articles from Public Art Review. These articles combined with the other information will provide you with a wide variety of concepts and discussions in public art today. You will see these articles pop up across the PAT when the topic relates to the article.

The Glossary is a guide to the terms of Public Art, both defining and providing examples of each public art specific term.

The Project Gallery is a collection of public art images, videos and case studies following public art projects from inception on. These are examples of other projects that you can draw inspiration from.

The case studies are spread out throughout the toolkit, sections about each are indicated by the three icons shown below.

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Resources provides a collection of information about regional resources, grants and public art programs. These provide examples both in and outside of Minnesota covering the wide range of projects that fall into public art. The Grants section lists public art specific grants in Minnesota, while the Regional Arts Council section provides links to the Regional Arts Councils across Minnesota.

Technical Instructions

  • For the best possible use of the Toolkit, it is strongly recommended that you use the most recent available version of your preferred web browser. Not only will that allow you to use the Toolkit more easily, but it is just good practice. The major web browsers are : Internet Explorer | | Google Chrome | Apple Safari | Opera
  • To change the font size for ease of reading: click the + or - next to the Change Text Size + - note on each page. To reset the text size hit F5 on your keyboard, or close your browser and then reload the Public Art Toolkit.
  • The Change Text Size buttons use a script to change the text size. You may receive a warning message from your web browser about this when using the Public Art Toolkit, choose the Allow script option if yopu would like to be able to change the text size.
  • Downloadable documents are mostly in Adobe PDF format. If you are having problems reading them we suggest downloading and installing the most recent Acrobat Reader.




Featured Article

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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Featured Term

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.

to learn about more public art terms click here to go to glossary