Renderings of Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan waterfront with illustrations of WaterMarks, a project that helps citizens better understand the city water system

City-Scale Sustainability

The importance of complexity, relationships, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in creating a more sustainable future | Artist Mary Miss and social ecologist Adrián Cerezo
Forecast executive director Theresa Sweetland, left, and Public Art Review editor in chief Karen Olson, right

Dignity and Collaboration

We’re reaching a crisis point. In the United States, our social divisions and isolationism threaten to tear apart the fabric of democracy. Real and perceived walls divide us—from each other and from other nations. In the midst of these tensions, public artists and architects are responding by bringing to their work a renewed spirit of collaboration, increased attention to visible and invisible borders, and a focus on social justice and human dignity.
portrait of Victoria Jones, director of the nonprofit CLTV

Victoria Jones on owning and investing as pledges of Black autonomy and hope

Director Victoria Jones on how the CLTV, a Memphis arts organization, is planning housing that will generate revenue. Interview by Tricia Heuring.

Trend and Response: the critical issues facing our world—and what public art is doing about them

Massive changes occurring in the world are affecting our communities. Artists are uniquely positioned to respond with imagination to these unprecedented shifts.
A photographic grid of 16 public art leaders

Transforming our Future with Public Art

Leaders in public art and creative placemaking on how their disciplines will help shape—and even transform—our future.

In Neighborhood We Trust

Nia Umoja of New West Jackson, Mississippi, shares how the community is developing its own model for sustainability.

A Cultural Park for the Health of the Kids

Joseph Claunch of the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project describes how Zuni artists led the development of Ho’n A:wan Community Park

A Change of Heart

How aware are planners that public art has evolved from the commissioning of objects and wall treatments into a sophisticated practice that addresses the challenges of practically every sector in our cities, our suburbs, and our rural communities?

Five Prepositions for Communities Working with Artists

When a community wants to engage an artist to work in the public sphere, one of the most important questions they must answer is: What is our intention?

Queer Urbanism

Incorporating LGBTQ perspectives in urban design is an idea whose time has come