The Art Stimulus: Exploring the Confluence of Public Art and Community Development in the West


Public art can have a big impact on our towns and cities. Strategically placed sculptures and murals can attract visitors, enhance the downtown experience for pedestrians, and instill a sense of pride for locals. But as our communities respond to the ever-increasing pressures of growth and economic change, some public arts organizations have positioned themselves to do so much more.

From fostering social cohesion and enhancing public education, to painting sidewalks and improving housing conditions, this webinar explores new ways for approaching public art as a tool for community development. Featuring Maria Sykes of the Epicenter community design center Green River, Utah and J. Matt Thomas of the Paseo Project in Taos, New Mexico, participants learn just how deep the impact can be when community arts organizations become the torchbearers of community progress.

J. Matt Thomas //
Founder and Director // The Paseo Project // Taos, New Mexico
Maria Sykes //
Co-Founder and Executive Director // Epicenter // Green River, Utah

This webinar aired on Tuesday, June 25, 2018.

Eligible for 1 AICP CM credit from the American Planning Association, event #9152652.

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