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The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Arizona Commission on the Arts will host a series of webinars about creating better cities and communities through public art.

The series, “Creative Placemaking and Public Art,” produced by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, will be presented on Aug. 1, Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10, Nov. 7 and 20, and Dec. 5, at the Pulliam Auditorium at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. (times and topics listed below).

An eighth webinar, on Oct. 24, will be presented at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Singer Hall, 1625 N. Central Ave.  

The series will be free to the public, but attendees are encouraged to reserve seating by completing the online registration form at azarts.gov/news-resources/uncategorized/creative-placemaking-and-public-art-webinar-series/.

National public art expert Barbara Goldstein, author of “Public Art by the Book,” will lead the eight webinars.  They will include artists and guest presenters from around the nation and cover all aspects of planning, coordinating and carrying out city and community public art projects.  The series will be a valuable resource for community leaders, planners, artists, administrators, designers and economic development specialists, and include additional discussion time with local public art experts.  

Here is the schedule:

  • Thursday, Aug. 1 – 11 a.m. to noon. “Blueprint for Public Art and Placemaking,” Introduction to developing creative communities through art.
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Assessing Place-What Do We Want To Do?,” how to site and plan public art projects effectively. 
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Project Partnerships, Policy and Funding,” leveraging existing opportunities, acquiring funding and building partnerships.”
  • Thursday, Oct. 10 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Project Management A-Z,” project planning and development, creating realistic timelines, art and design teams, community engagement, and artist selection.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. “Mid-series Discussion and Q & A,” guest presenter will take questions and assist in strategizing the public art and placemaking project in participants’ communities.   
  • Thursday, Nov. 7 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. “Getting into the Weeds: Permitting, Contracting, Copyright,” all project implementation involves detailed logistics.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. “If We Build It, Will They Come? Marketing and Social Media Strategies,” project marketing, PR, social media and web presence.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. “Post-Ribbon Cutting Session and Final Q & A,” project completion.

For detailed information about the series, visit azarts.gov/news-resources/uncategorized/creative-placemaking-and-public-art-webinar-series/.

Questions can be directed to the Arizona Commission on the Arts at 602-771-6536 or email info@azarts.gov.  

For more information about Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture programs and opportunities, visit their website or call 602-262-4637.  Follow us on Twitter @phxartsculture.


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