Planning Healthy Cities Through Placemaking and Public Art
APA is partnering with Forecast Public Art a two-year pilot project to develop a public art and placemaking learning tool for planners serving small and mid-sized cities. We seek to fill a void in the current options available to professional planners, as well as allied professions, such as urban design, engineering and architecture. Join us to learn more about the project and how you can be involved in our data gathering or as a national advisor.
The partnership, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Southern MN Initiative Foundation, is designed to serve communities seeking to improve the health of their cities via the inclusion of artists and art. Our definition of “health” includes the physical health of citizens—exercise, less obesity, lower blood pressure, etc.—but economic prosperity, community wellbeing, social cohesion, livability and a healthy environment. Healthy cities, we believe, boast a quality of life that helps attract and retain talent, businesses, industry, as well as cultural vibrancy.
During the first year we will engage a curriculum development team to translate our internationally recognized knowledge of the public art and placemaking fields into a beta version of the learning tool. In the second year we will road test the project with a cohort of five cities in Southern Minnesota through temporary demonstrations projects developed with each host city, as well as a robust evaluation component, a video document and a summit gathering involving national advisors in the fall of 2018.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Henaghan, AICP, is APA's Deputy Research Director and manager of the Green Communities Center. Prior to joining APA, she worked as a local government planner.
, Forecast Public Art
, Forecast Public Art
, St. Paul
Confirmed SpeakerJack Becker is recognized internationally as a leader in the public art field. In 1978, after graduating with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he founded the nonprofit Forecast Public Art, based in St. Paul, Minnesota and recognized as one of the pioneering nonprofits in the field. Jack started two ongoing programs in 1989: Public Art Review, the award-winning journal serving the field; and Artist Services, providing grants and technical assistance to emerging and mid-career artists in Minnesota. He has received lifetime achievement awards from Americans for the Arts, the College Art Association, and in 2016, received Alumni of Distinction from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In partnership with Shanghai University, Jack helped launch the International Award for Public Art, which has researched and promoted excellence in the field for the past three years. Jack has worked for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He was the first Art in Public Places coordinator for the City of Minneapolis Arts Commission, and Arts Development Manager for the City of St. Paul for two years, working out of the Planning and Economic Development Department. After serving as Executive Director at Forecast for over three decades, Jack recently transitioned his role to Director of Community Services, where he leads of team of public art consultants that provides a wide range of services to developers, government agencies and others seeking to commission artists or develop public art plans. Jack recently oversaw the completion of public art master plans for Duluth, Grand Forks and Rochester (MN), and is currently preparing plans for the City of Fargo and a 100-acre park in Tulsa, OK. Jack is leading an NEA-funded partnership with the APA to develop a public art certificate learning tool for planners, commencing in 2017.