Jeffrey Callaham mural in McCormick. Image by La Ruchala Murphy/SCAC.
Public art is often one of the easiest ways to access arts experiences with one the lowest barriers for entry or enjoyment.
From watching a muralist install a painting and feeling like you are in their studio with them…
…to street furniture or cultural tourism trails that help promote a sense of local pride…
…to being able to picnic and watch a play in the park…
…to enjoying a busker perform as you stroll by…
Public art ensures access to the arts for everyone while benefitting the well-being and creative nature of our communities. It connects us to our city and community with intention and promotes a sense of belonging.
In case you missed it, the SCAC introduced you to its first public art coordinator this last month. Margot Lane Strasburger, in a new role at the agency, is available to artists interested in creating work in the public realm, artists currently practicing in public spaces, private and public commissioners, developers, and anyone else looking to learn more about the ins and outs of public art and creative placemaking.
Starting next week on May 16, Strasburger is initiating set office hours every Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. To ensure that you have the most up-to-date information and best practices currently associated with public art and creative placemaking practices, you can book an in-person or virtual office hours session.
Bring your questions or request professional advice. Your session can be used for things like:
- portfolio feedback
- help with drafting a policy or callout
- application/proposal or letter of intent assistance
- learning more about percent for art
- assistance with contracts or copyright
Gather your questions and we will help address your needs! Book here: https://bit.ly/PublicArtOfficeHours
Office hours are open to all constituents in South Carolina or those working on projects within the state. They could be especially relevant for artists wanting advice or public art resources, local government employees looking for best practices in the field of public art procurement or policy, and even developers or local arts councils trying to learn about the benefits of public art.