The Public Art & Placemaking Digital Classroom is a four-month, topic-based virtual leadership development series that provides an opportunity for local arts leaders to master foundational concepts and build skills in particular core subjects necessary to succeeding in local arts and community development.
Join Helen Lessick and experts in the field of Public Art Collection Management to explore the issues of maintaining art objects, records, budgets, visibility and sanity. This webinar is for public art managers, administrators and artists with works in public places or online. This four-part webinar series will explore the challenges and opportunities of working with art collection management for municipalities and non-profit institutions. A thorough overview of managing collections, we focus on the operation side of accumulated objects, their records, value, and digital presence.
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Public Arts & Placemaking Digital Classroom: Accumulation + Action: Public Art Collection Management
Session Speakers: Jimmy Castillo, Civic Art + Design Collection Manager and Project Manager, Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Helen Lessick, artist and public art consultant, Structural Expressionism Karen Rudd, Manager of Cultural Affairs, City of Norfolk, VA.
Webinar: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Discussion with Moderator: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3pm - 4pm (EST)
What is in your public art collection? How do you define what you are responsible for? Do you code by funding source, a department project, bond, federal grant or a mix? Permanent, temporary, heritage or gift?The Definitions session will investigate the definitions of municipal art collections, and strategies Categories and partnerships solutions to Norfolk’s 400 year old city with many donations of naval heritage, civil war memorials (north and south) and new construction and Houston’s 100 year old collection result of forced combination of 3 cultural arts program – civil war, contemporary commissions and city heritage projects in parks and zoo.
When and Where: Maintenance, Money and Expectations
Webinar: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Discussion: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Session Speakers: Megan Crigger, Cultural Arts Manager, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services, Texas; Keith Lachowicz, Public Art Collections Manager, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR Helen Lessick, artist and public art consultant, Structural Expressionism, Los Angeles
Collection health is a product of funding, staffing, policy and commitment. Size and location matters. This session will explore collection triage, long term care, and explore solutions to fund regional collection care and maintain sanity..Our When and Where presenters will explain and compare the maintenance funding solutions of civic art leaders in Portland and Austin. We will explore the Portland based Regional Arts and Culture Council funding, which sets aside 10% of the funds brought in by the 2%-for-art program for maintenance and conservation (0.2% for art maintenance) and Austin's municipal public art maintained through annual Capital Improvement Project funding requests and part time staff.
How Much: Value and Assessment
Webinar: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Discussion: Tuesday, May TBD, 2014, 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Session Speakers: Pat Gomez, Creative Services Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles; Helen Lessick, artist and public art consultant, Structural Expressionism, Los Angeles
Rosa Lowinger, Principal and Director, Rosa Lowinger and Associates, Miami & Los Angeles locations.
The Value and Assessment session examines publicly owned works of art and architecture and their value as assets, images, and worth in the art historical canon. We value our public art as achievement and spectacle, but contemporary society values the new and fresh.This session will explore assessed value as a collection safety and protection tool. The former Collection Manager or the City of Los Angeles will discuss the three year-long assessment of City’s art collection and the results effect on asset management. A working art conservator and expert in fine, public art & architecture assessment and conservation, will contrast assigning value on restoration works for clients in the United States and Cuba.
Who: Digital Records, Access, Publicity and Use
Webinar: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Discussion: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3pm - 4pm (EST)
Session Speakers: Helen Lessick, artist and public art consultant, Structural Expressionism, Los Angeles, CA; Sara Pasti, Neil C. Trager Director, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York, New Paltz; Abby Suckle, Founder and Executive Director, culturenow.org, New York City.
Who sees your collection? The Digital Records session will explore the importance and challenges of making and accessing digital information for visibility, tourism, emergency preparedness and civic partnerships.The session will explore the importance and utility of creating online collection data profiles.The Hudson Valley Visual Arts Consortium’s IMLS project is putting 13,000 images and information from five County visual arts organization collections in a searchable database accessible to the public, curators and artists. CultureNOW, the searchable online database of national public art, architecture and historic sites collects and posts information about art and architecture in public, without owning the original artworks. This exciting conclusion to the series will explore why your Collection’s online presence might be the most important tool of all.