Redesigning How We Live Together

The 59th issue of Public Art Review is filled with articles about how artists and design practitioners are inviting us all—in this time of division—to focus on justice, inclusion, and human dignity. It includes feature articles about the new professionals working at the intersection of art, design, and equity; the winner and commended projects of the 2019 International Award for Public Art; an on-the-ground story about arts and culture in an economically and environmentally devastated Puerto Rico; and the work of artist-activists in Minnesota addressing water justice issues. The issue also includes articles about two communities using theater in different ways to envision their futures; environmental artist Mary Miss and social ecologist Adrián Cerezo discussing their collaboration and infusing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into public art; an interview with Victoria Jones of The CLTV and The CMPLX in Memphis; and the work of other visionary artists and communities.

We want everyone to have access to this important content. Read and share these individual articles online below, some with more photos than were able to published in print. You can also browse a digital version of the entire issue—a first for this publication—on Issuu.


A Battered Island Holds Its Head High
Arts in Puerto Rico after the hurricane, and economic and political crises
Gretchen Ruiz Ramos

Design for Equity
Meet the practitioners bridging good design and social justice
Jen Krava and Jon Spayde

Water Justice
Minnesota artist-activists address social and cultural inequity
Lisa Marie Brimmer

All Around the World
Winner and nominees of the 2019 International Award for Public Art
Jon Spayde and IAPA Researchers


Publisher’s / Editor’s Notes

Dignity and Collaboration 
Theresa Sweetland / Karen Olson

Projects We Love

Select Recent Works
U.S.—Mexico Border: Teeter-Totter Wall
New York, New York: Brick House
Chattagnooga, Tennessee: City Thread
Tautra, Norway, and global Installations: Pollution Pods
Philadelphia,Pennsylvania: Diligence
The Bronx, New York: The Tree Inside Me
San Francisco, California: Future IDs at Alcatraz
Cincinatti, Ohio: Ad Pacem
Boston, Massachusetts: Hard in the Paint

In the Field

News, views, and ideas

Artists in the DOT: Residences in transportation
Jon Spayde

City-Scale Sustainability: Mary Miss and Adrián Cerezo
Karen Olson

Owning It: An Interview with Victoria Jones of the CLTV
Tricia Heuring

On Location

Global Reports

“Pre-Enacting” the Future in Indianapolis
Erika D. Smith

Performing a Post-Prison Economy: Appleton, Minn.
Ashley Hanson

Last Page

Kaleidoscope: 30-foot monarch butterfly
Jen Dolen