What is Public Art?
The definition of public art varies, but it is generally agreed upon that in order to be 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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