Public art to stop artists in flight : LUSENET : Public Art : One Thread

Hi, In many North American cities you have arts communities thriving in old industrial inner-city neighbourhoods. Then the neighbourhood gentrifies as (loft) condo dwellers move in. Can public art be used to help retain artists in the area?

-- Joanne Lim Fat (, March 15, 2000


It is possible, however arduous. In order to entice artists to engage in creating works for the public realm, clear objectives must be insightfully crafted. When governing intentions are clear and project margins defined, artists are given freedom to be artists...within specified margins. If this is realized, artists can be artists, commissions can be vitalized, and issues of compromise and politics can be kept in a positive light.

-- kent williams (kent, October 15, 2001.

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