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All the ways Public Art can contribute to a City

Artist and writer Tom Hall in Fort Meyers developed a very comprehensive list of goals and objectives for public art in a city and published them on his blog: artswfl.com.  Send us your additions to ibiARTwestpalm@gmail.com   (Watermellon sculpture by Luis Montoya / Leslie Ortiz)

  • boosts/strengthens civic pride;
  • enhances and defines a city’s identity;
  • reflects the unique character and history of the city;
  • burnishes the city’s image to the outside world;
  • creates an important positive impression for visitors;
  • encourages/increases tourism;
  • enables the community to attain recognition as a regional and national leader in the visual arts;
  • symbolizes a community’s maturity;
  • expresses the vision of community leaders;
  • makes a statement about the community’s values and culture;
  • elevates the image of proximately-located corporate enterprises;
  • spurs economic development in the community;
  • creates visual and aesthetic landmarks;
  • creates positive mental images;
  • imparts a more aesthetic, cohesive visual and physical appearance;
  • enriches the public environment visually;
  • makes the beautification of the city a matter of the highest priority;
  • enhances the climate for artistic creativity in the community;
  • brings art and art education to the entire community;
  • create public art community partnerships linking individuals of all races, ethnicities, age, genders, professions, and economic levels;
  • stimulates our imagination;
  • promotes excellence and diversity through a variety of artists and media;
  • provides tangible outlets for creative ingenuity;
  • increases property values;
  • enriches the cultural climate of the city;
  • reflects and enhances the city’s diversity, character and heritage through the integration of artworks and designs in the architecture, infrastructure and landscape on public and private property;
  • makes a space seem more welcoming;
  • creates a deeper interaction with the place one is visiting or working in;
  • increases awareness of how surroundings impact experience;
  • expresses shared ideals and concepts;
  • enhances the quality of life for residents and property owners;
  • adds to the visual quality of life;
  • engages the community;
  • draws people together and induces strangers to talk to each other;
  • raises the level of citizen awareness to the importance of aesthetic and intellectual experiences in everyday life;
  • promotes understanding and awareness of visual arts in the public realm;
  • makes a commitment to future generations; and
  • creates “human scaling” of open areas by framing the space with various forms of public art structures.
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