Session 3: innovation

Panel: “Public Art at the Forefront: Community-Driven, Place-Based Strategies”

Join this panel discussion to hear about the Bay Area’s groundswell of new community-driven public art programming coming to fruition in San Jose and Oakland, and in San Francisco’s newest district, Treasure Island. Meet the Bay Area cultural leaders who are working directly with artists, community members, and civic leaders to advance creative projects that are enhancing our public realm. Presenters will share how these initiatives and projects are opening dialogue around important cultural, economic, social, and environmental issues. Artists and cultural organizations are increasingly vulnerable to instability and displacement. Become aware of the policies and programs of the Bay Area’s three largest cities that are advancing the long term vitality of our cultural ecology. At the city scale, understand how changes to San Francisco’s planning code are allowing developers to reallocate 1% for the art funds and the impact it is making. Know how architects are providing design services through the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Real Estate Strategy to successfully connect resources in the community to the real estate needs of arts organizations. Moreover, learn about the impact of community-driven, place-based public art projects in the Bay Area. Gain knowledge of how nonprofit organizations are partnering with artists to create temporary, place-based public art projects to activate of public space. Come away with examples of tactile strategies like how a massive pre-cast concrete façade at the San Jose Airport could have been a community division, yet through the artist’s creative approach, the public art project changed the course, contributing to urban vitality, reflecting the community and creating buy-in.

 Learning Objectives Include:

  1. Learn how public art can become a channel to engage community dialogue around cultural, economic, social, and environmental issues.

  2. Find opportunities for architects to connect with communities and how design services can serve the real estate needs of arts organizations facing displacement or instability.

  3. Discover how artists, arts organizations, and the cultural ecology of cities are being supported through innovative public policy changes and private funding strategies.

  4. Come away with examples of tactile strategies of community engagement and how artists have integrated a social approach to public art practice.




Speaker spotlight:

Jill Manton
Director of Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives, SF Arts Commission


Shelley Trott
Director of Arts Strategy & Ventures for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation

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Mary Rubin
Senior Project Manager, San Jose Public Art Program

Amy Ress
Executive Director, AIA Silicon Valley