2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Advancing Solutions to Critical City Challenges through Public Art

Sunday, October 29, 10:00am – 11:30am


Organized and moderated by Anita Contini, Program Lead, Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Presented by Jennifer Evins, President & CEO, Chapman Cultural Center; Erwin Redl, CEO, Paramedia LLC; and Brandi Stewart, Arts Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

When public art creates strategic partnerships between artists, cultural organizations, and city government, it can become a powerful platform for catalyzing change. This session will focus on the successes and challenges of a citywide art project in Spartanburg, South Carolina that built stronger relations between residents and police officers. A winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge, this project demonstrates how temporary public art can be an effective approach to addressing critical city issues, strengthening communities, and engaging artists to develop creative ideas for their cities. Presenters will discuss how they structured the multistakeholder partnership that anchored this initiative. Participants will be asked to share their approaches to and questions about facilitating cross-sector public art collaborations.