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This seminar examines how cities undergoing rapid revitalization are using public art—through creative placemaking, civic art, tactical urbanism—to shape urban life. These approaches are tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value that the seminar explores.  

Seminar meetings will discuss the intersections of ethics, public art, and urban design through shared readings, guest speakers, and conversation. We invite you to join us as we host six meetings in Spring and Fall 2017 to discuss the following topics.

What is Public Art?
Histories of Public Art and the Common Good
Patronage, Philanthropy, and Policy in Public Art
Public Art: Theories and Methods
Emergent Best Practices
Futures of Public Art



photo jason kellyJason Kelly; History/Arts & Humanities Institute; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUI; jaskelly@iupui.edu





photo pamela napierPamela Napier; Visual Communication Design Department; Herron School of Art; IUPUI; pcnapier@iupiu.edu





photo of fiona mcdonaldEvents Convener: Fiona McDonald; Post Doctorate Researcher; Arts & Humanites Institute; IUPUI; fpmcdona@iupui.edu





Seminar Events:





Emergent Best Practices in Public Art and Designphoto of orange and white futuristic designs

Richard McCoy

Director Landmark Columbus



Tuesday October 10th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

There are a limited number of seats; please register for this event here.






The Urban Landscape as Art Spacephoto of giant art structure photo of a woman, water element

Brian Payne

President and CEO Central Indiana Community Foundation

Starla Hart

Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis



Thursday September 28th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P






Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification

Oliver Blank & Natasha Jimenez
Co-founders of Outside, a humanitarian design agency



Tuesday August 15th 4-6pm

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

755 W. Michigan St.

We invite you to join us for the third meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session's topic will be "Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification" and will feature guest discussants, Oliver Blank and Natasha Jimenez of Outside, a humanitarian design agency.






HISTORIES OF PUBLIC ART AND THE COMMON GOOD



Dr. Modupe Labode

Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUI



Wednesday April 26th 4:00-6:00pm

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute University Library Room 4115P

We invite you to join us for the second meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session's topic will be "Histories of Public Art and the Common Good" and will feature guest discussant, Dr. Modupe Labode.






WHAT IS PUBLIC ART?image of prarie modules urban context



Julia Muney Moore 

Indianapolis Arts Council

Meredith Brickell

DePauw University

Fiona McDonald

Indianapolis Arts & Humanities Institute



Thursday March 9th 4:00-5:30pm

IUPUI campus; University Library 4115P

Cities across the US are grappling with major transformations that expose the many tensions inherent to historical disparities in economics, education, safety, and political access brought on by inequalities based in race and class. Midwest cities have responded to these challenges with a variety of approaches. This seminar series is concerned with addressing one of them: the role of culture in reshaping cities – specifically through public art.

In the discourse and practice of urban design, public art has increasingly been seen as a key tool in redeveloping our cities – from making cities more livable and safe to encouraging economic development and educational achievement. Using art as a tool to address urban design challenges goes by a variety of different names: creative placemaking, civic art, and tactical urbanism, to name a few. These approaches are fundamentally tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value.