Public Art

The Americans for the Arts 2000-2001
Public Art Program Directory
A vital tool for professionals working in public art. The Directory contains up-to-date information on more than 300 public art programs from around the country including contact information, website addresses, slide registry information, artist eligibility requirements, and program details. $20/members and $25/non-members; order #100056. Call 1.800.321.4510 or use the order form on the Americans for the Arts website to order your copy.


Design Publication


The NEA Series on Design                                           
In 2002, the Arts Endowment published a series of books highlighting its programs in Design. While these documents serve as records of conferences and conversations sponsored by the NEA, they are also intended to be useful handbooks in their own right. Each volume contains a state-of-the-art overview of the topic covered, and therefore may be helpful to those tackling similar issues in their own communities.

The Mayor's Institute: Excellence in City Design
James S. Russell, editor

Founded in 1986, the Mayors' Institute is a program that turns mayors into design advocates by bringing them together with top designers in intensive 3-day sessions. The history of this program is best described in another NEA document, "The Mayors' Institute on City Design." In contrast, this booklet was created as a resource for mayors, but is of equal interest to anyone concerned with the creation of more livable cities. It offers guidance on using architecture, landscape architecture, art, urban design, and planning to improve the public realm. (PDF)  

Schools for Cities: Urban Strategies
Sharon Haar, editor

In March of 2000, the Mayors Institute convened a special session at the University of Illinois to investigate how schools can operate as catalysts for community redevelopment. This book, an outgrowth of that session and the public forum that followed it, contains essays and design projects that demonstrate the value of school-building to neighborhoods and the value of design to school-building.

Your Town: Mississippi Delta
Shelley Mastran, editor

In addition to the Mayors' Institute, the NEA is the principal funder of Your Town: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design. This popular program has convened four workshops annually since 1991 to help smaller communities preserve their character in the face of economic and social change. One such workshop took place in November, 2000 in Cleveland, Mississippi, and focused on the traditionally African-American communities of Mound Bayou, Jonestown, and Clarksdale. This booklet contains an overview of the event, relevant essays, and design case studies from two of the communities visited.

Sprawl and Public Spaces: Redressing the Mall
David Smiley, editor
In acknowledgement of the rapidly growing number of dying and abandoned shopping centers and malls across the U.S., the NEA and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars jointly sponsored this conference in February, 2000. The resulting book contains essays by Robert Fishman, Margaret Crawford, and other leading thinkers on urban and suburban culture, as well as new shopping designs by Michael Rotondi, SHoP, and Hargreaves Associates.

University/Community Design Partnerships
Jason Pearson, author

A significant number of NEA design grants are awarded to programs in which universities engage in community outreach, designing buildings and landscapes for and with the neighborhoods that surround them. The often compelling work of these partnerships inspired this collection of essays and projects that includes work from Design Corps, the Yale Urban Design Workshop, and Sam Mockbee's Rural Studio.


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