Programs Supporting Art in the Public Realm

A National Field Scan

Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza, Graciela Kahn, and Liz Deichmann

This scan identified grant programs supporting strong and diverse artistic expression aiming to empower artists to be active and creative citizens in their communities; encourage partnerships between artists and community organizations; offer professional development training and technical assistance; utilize cohort-style professional development and/or networking model; and provide opportunities for artists to enhance their visibility and public voice.

Key learning from the review of grant and public art programs fall into seven overarching themes and topics:

  • Artistic Excellence
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Grantmaking
  • Partnership Requirements
  • Public Component
  • Professional Development within Grant and Public Art Programs
  • Documentation and Evaluation