Public Art

Lafayette BART

Bay Area Transit Stations To Feature Local Writers

A contest in the San Francisco Bay Area will select 30 short stories that will be available at special vending kiosks at transit stations.

May 26, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

George Floyd

The Racial Reckoning in Public Spaces

Following George Floyd’s murder in 2020, there was an explosion of anti-racist street art across the country. “When we allow ourselves to release our emotions, oftentimes what is produced out of that is art.”

November 18, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

Image of Welcome to Cedar Grove sign

Should Murals Fall Under Sign Ordinances?

A local controversy in New Jersey has residents debating whether a city should interfere with artistic expression on private property.

October 19, 2021 - North Jersey

Vancouver, British Columbia

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces New Round of Asphalt Art Initiative Grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies is funding projects that take an artistic approach to traffic safety.

October 3, 2021 - Bloomberg Philanthropies

Washington, D.C. Rowhouses

Transformers Vs. Historical Preservation

A row over two Transformers statues in a D.C. neighborhood lays bare the "absurdities" inherent in historical preservation, one writer argues.

April 12, 2021 - Georgetown Metropolitan

Los Angeles Arts District

Arts for Community Control: Planning an Arts and Innovation District Without Displacement

Residents use creative engagements to envision an arts and innovation district without displacement in Boston’s Upham’s Corner.

October 6, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Central Park Public Art

How Christo Unwrapped Municipal Bureaucracy

Christo's site-specific artworks were known for their whimsy and playfulness. But the real beauty of his art lay in his ability to navigate local bureaucracies—and reveal how ridiculous they can be.

June 8, 2020 - California Planning & Development Report

Communicative Arts Academy: Rebuilding Compton for Artists and Community Life

In the 1960s-70s, a group of artists called the Compton Communicative Arts Academy renovated buildings across Compton and transformed vernacular, underutilized structures into venues for and objects of art.

April 29, 2020 - KCET Artbound

Integrating Arts and Culture Strategies into Transit Plans

In every phase of transit development, arts and culture strategies can be employed to inform and enhance the process. Here are examples from three different transit projects around the country.

January 30, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

New Orleans, Louisiana

Public Art and Resilience Planning

A neighborhood in New Orleans, badly damaged after Hurricane Katrina, is providing a test bed for an innovative new approach to urban planning.

December 9, 2019 - Next City

Augmented Reality and Public Art: A New Era Begins Today

People in six global cities will have a chance to sample an ambitious new augmented reality program launched by Apple today.

August 10, 2019 - The Architect's Newspaper

Pedestrian Infrastructure

In Crosswalks, Public Art Meets Transportation

Colorful, engaging crosswalks aren’t the norm, but they’re popping up around the country. And while they aren’t in line with federal guidelines, they have transformed streets and intersections.

July 23, 2019 - NPR

Public Art Bronx

N.Y.C. Artists in Residence Tackle Social Issues

A program in New York brings artists into public agencies to work on collaborative projects that take creative approaches to problem solving.

April 14, 2019 - The New York Times

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Artist of the Planning Department

The Boston area's Metropolitan Area Planning Council has an Artist-in-Residence Program that brings arts to the table as an integral component of the planning process.

February 22, 2019 - Barr Foundation


Art May Be Coming to New York City Sidewalk Sheds

Scaffolding and sidewalk sheds being a fixture of life in NYC, the city has decided to let artists do their thing with all that blank canvas.

October 13, 2018 - ArtNet News

Queens, New York

Graffiti Wins Protected Legal Status in New York

A landmark judgement potentially paves the way for graffiti to be protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act.

February 23, 2018 - Modern Cities

Los Angeles Sunset

Rise of the Instagram City

Cities have become obsessed with going viral.

January 3, 2018 - CityLab

New York Public Art

The 'Deliberately Unkind' Public Art of the High Line

"You could be forgiven for reading the art as a message to less-than-opulent New Yorkers: You’ve lost your place," writes Michael Friedman.

November 16, 2017 - CityLab

San Francisco Mural

Friday Eye Candy: Portraits Made Public—For Community Awareness and Placemaking

The "Inside Out Project: We Are Edison" installation posted large portraits of residents in the Kalamazoo neighborhood of Edison on the side of a building. The exhibition invites the community to take a look at itself.

September 1, 2017 - MLive

Utility Box Art

Could Public Art on Utility Boxes Displace Communication?

There will be important functions in public space that are not always “art” whose value is not in proportion to their prettiness.

August 21, 2017 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

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