Engaging Community Through Public Art

APA Ohio Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT

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This session will share lessons from neighborhood development efforts where public art was utilized to connect marginalized populations with amenities and services. Cleveland's Ohio City recently completed a comprehensive public art initiative that included the creation of 11 large-scale murals and one sculptural installation through The Cleveland Foundation's international artist residency program, Creative Fusion. The Creative Fusion residency used art as a means of community engagement to create meaningful dialogue surrounding issues that impact neighborhood. Because the artists lived in the neighborhood where they were working they were able to meet their neighbors, engaging with residents every day; hearing about issues firsthand; forming relationships; and understanding the community. The public art that was created is reflective of this experience. Finally, this session will discuss how leveraging investments in public art can strengthen both physical connections in a neighborhood as well as human connections.


Lillian Kuri

The Cleveland Foundation

Ashley Shaw

Ohio City Incorporated

Marika Shioiri-Clark

Grammar Design

Contact Info

Christine Dersi Davis, info@ohioplanning.org