Cultural Equity in the Public Art Field

Cultural Equity in the Public Art Field

A publication from Americans for the Arts' Public Art Resource Center offers guidance for public art administrators and local arts practitioners looking to advance equity in access to and support of individual communities' artistic and cultural expressions. The first in a series of resources to be launched in 2020, the report, Cultural Equity in the Public Art Field (20 pages, PDF), outlines how to better understand and address inequities in the way public art is developed, where funds are directed, and who is included in decision-making or policy development processes. The report discusses common inequities in the field, including cultural appropriation, one-size-fits-all community engagement processes, "public art deserts," gentrification and "artwashing," and biases against emerging artists, artists of color, and others. To address such inequities, the report's authors recommend that administrators and practitioners make more of an effort to learn about local history, invest in cultural competency training, focus on artists as individuals, and seek to prove their own biases wrong.

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