The Laramie Public Art Coalition's mission is to enhance the unique visual and cultural vibrancy of Laramie and Albany County, in a manner that encourages participation and engagement from all our citizens and visitors.
LPAC does not select art, but exists to facilitate those who want to engage in a public art project.
LPAC is an independent, non-profit coalition that provides the greater Laramie community with a structure and inclusive processes to create successful public art projects that reflect the community’s identities and values and contribute to Laramie and Albany County's vitality.
LPAC is an organization independent of the city, county and university. LPAC is comprised of representatives from Albany County Commission, Laramie City Council, Laramie Beautification Committee, Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, Laramie Main Street Association, Laramie Parks and Recreation Department, the University of Wyoming, and community members. The Wyoming Community Foundation is our fiscal sponsor while we work to obtain nonprofit status.
LPAC recognizes that public art is a catalyst to connect residents and visitors to culture, the environs and one another. It enhances the quality of life in Laramie and articulates Laramie’s role as one of the state’s cultural hubs. Because public art is freely accessible to all and located in the public sphere, it enhances people’s experiences of public places and provides opportunities for building community and connections.
Public art is not just about paintings on a wall - it’s about bringing art to every aspect of the community, giving community members a voice in their public space, respecting artists and the profession, and working together with artists to create cultural experiences that reflect the vibrancy and richness of our great community. We strive to make the public art process as transparent and inclusive as possible.
What is Public Art?
The definition of public art varies, but it is generally agreed upon that in order to public art, it must be free and accessible to all. Thus it is usually outside or in an easily and often accessed building. For example: art in the Public Library can be considered public art, but art in a gallery is not. While the gallery is open to the public, it is not technically a public space. Public can be on private property, especially if it is accessible from public property. Example: murals are often on private buildings, but are visible from public areas, thus murals are public art. Public art can be temporary. Public Art can be performances. Public art can be a lot of things, as long as it is accessible. For a contemporary and fresh take on public art, LPAC likes to refer to “The New Rules of Public Art”, developed by the art team Situations.
The Laramie Public Art Plan, which is LPAC’s guiding document, was adopted by Laramie’s City Council in September 2015. In 2014 a consortium of community partners who, with the support of our funders, successfully worked with the City of Laramie to secure an Our Town grant through the National Endowment for the Arts for the purpose of creating a Public Art Plan for Laramie. The Laramie Public Art Plan was developed with extensive community and stakeholder engagement and feedback. The grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provided the services of nationally-respected, public-art consultants, Renee Piechocki and Jennifer McGregor, in developing a plan specifically for Laramie. The plan is intended to guide choices about how the future of public art in Laramie and Albany County is developed and implemented. The Laramie Public Art Plan maps methods to spark ambitious, vital and excellent projects by community entities that seek to engage in public art.
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