Smart Public Art: Interactive Technology and Public Art Evaluation

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Mural Explorer allows viewers to zoom in to murals like the above Heart of Baltimore Avenue by David Guinn, and click on each “character” in the mural for a related video.  Source: http://explorer.muralarts.org/#/mural/heart_of_baltimore

Arts organizations and community stakeholders create and commission public art with many good intentions with respect to its audiences. Historians and practitioners alike seem to agree that much could be gained from understanding what people are noticing, thinking about, and doing with public art. In the words of public art historian Harriet Senie, “since partRead More

Investing in Creativity: The “Investing Less Time in Reading” Version

This is a shortened version of my Arts Policy Library article on Investing in Creativity. Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structures for U.S. Artists (2003), an Urban Institute publication authored by Maria-Rosario Jackson, Florence Kabwasa-Green, Daniel Swenson, Joaquin Herranz, Jr., Kadija Ferryman, Caron Atlas, Eric Wallner, and Carole Rosenstein, sheds light onRead More

Arts Policy Library: Investing in Creativity

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Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structures for U.S. Artists (2003), an Urban Institute publication authored by Maria-Rosario Jackson, Florence Kabwasa-Green, Daniel Swenson, Joaquin Herranz, Jr., Kadija Ferryman, Caron Atlas, Eric Wallner, and Carole Rosenstein, sheds light on the economic and employment situation of individual artists in the United States following the cessationRead More

Occupy and the Arts: Curating by Consensus in Lower Manhattan

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In late September 2011, I started following Occupy Wall Street’s (OWS’s) Arts and Culture committee with the goal of understanding, and critiquing, its organizational structures for a Createquity article. However, I soon found that the same way the movement as a whole resists neatly following one set of demands (though its anti-corporate greed and incomeRead More

The new Brooklyn Philharmonic: A “Site-Specific” Orchestra?

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The term “site-specific” is ubiquitous in contemporary visual art organizations. For art historian Miwon Kwon, the term encompasses projects that are linked not only to a physical location (like a sculpture installation designed for a particular gallery), but to a specific community and its cultural traditions and values. Can we also apply the term “site-specific”Read More