Artists and other cultural professionals are going beyond simply planning and creating art for municipal public art plans. They’re contributing to the direction of government at many levels.

A Battered Island Holds Its Head High

A hurricane, a political crisis, and years of economic dislocation have taken their toll on Puerto Rico and its artists—but passionate creativity still flourishes.

Citizenship Explored and Expanded: Dimensions of Citizenship, the U.S. contribution to Venice Architecture Biennale

Sculptural and conceptual interpretations of citizenship | multiple artists, Venice

Calling attention to public water supply and the impact of public sculptures

Making context and relationships the center of each project | Sans façon, Canada

How an artist became a leader on a $90 million infrastructure project

The lead artist on the massive 606 project talks about her role and how she got there | Frances Whitehead, Chicago

A Workable Plan for Arts Access in Los Angeles

This sweeping Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative isn’t just another wish list—the County Board of Supervisors actually mandated it | Los Angeles

Who owns public art?

The debate about privately owned public art continues | Homecoming! Committee, Fort Worth, Texas

Signs of Things to Come

A dystopian elaboration of President Trump’s stance on immigration | Plastic Jesus, multiple cities

Temporary Inspires Permanent

A counter-narrative to an official commemoration of war | Peace Action Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

The Art Department

Artists and allies create a "culture ministry" for America | Adam Horowitz and Arlene Goldbard

Partners in City Hall

Spearheading a quiet revolution in public art | Public Art Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota