Public Art and Planning

PAS QuickNotes 77

By Jennifer Henaghan, AICP


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Public art is any work of art situated in or visible from a publicly accessible space. It includes visual art, such as statues and murals, performance art, such as musical and theatrical events, and other creative practices that spur community dialogue, connect communities and issues, generate economic activity, or humanize the built environment.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes introduces public art as a tool for placemaking and community engagement.


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Dec. 1, 2018
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About the Author

Jennifer Henaghan, AICP
Jennifer Henaghan, AICP, is APA's Deputy Research Director.