Attracting People and Possibilities with Public Art and Public Space

APA Oklahoma Chapter


Monday, September 26, 2016
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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“It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people; what is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” –William H. (Holly) Whyte
Great places, especially those with great public art can provide many direct and indirect benefits to a community.  There are benefits that are obvious like cultural tourism, but there are also benefits  that are more indirect like building a community’s economic and social capacity, improving a community’s health and assisting with crime prevention.
In this session you will learn how to initiate or expand a public art program in your community.  Topics include:  Types of public art; Benefits of public art; How to fund public art; How and why to regulate public art; and, How to develop a long-range plan for public art in your community.
Illustrated by numerous photos along with case study discussion, this session will provide attendees with a framework to consider many forms of public art in a variety of contexts. 



Robbie Kienzle

Confirmed Speaker


Susan Atkinson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Susan Owen Atkinson, AICP is a Senior Planner at the City of Oklahoma City, specializing in neighborhood planning and design and historic preservation. Her recent passions include creating place through the use of public art and retrofitting walkability in Mid-20th Century commercial districts and neighborhoods. She lives in Oklahoma City ... Read More