In winter 2013, the Association for Public Art (aPA) presented #LOVEpublicart: a photo contest and crowdsourcing social media project that used YOUR photo submissions. Participants were asked to submit their best pics of Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture via our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #LOVEpublicart.
“Site Seeing: Rediscover Public Art this Spring!” was a month-long celebration of public art that invited Philadelphians and visitors to rediscover the city’s outdoor sculpture. A series of four free programs engaged city residents and tourists with public art in new and unexpected ways.
“New•Land•Marks” was a program of Association for Public Art that brought together artists and community organizations to plan and create new works throughout Philadelphia. Sixteen proposals — five of which were commissioned — incorporated public art into ongoing community development, urban greening, public amenities, and other revitalization initiatives.
To bridge the gap between public art and ordinary life, the Association for Public Art initiated the pioneering program “Form and Function,” which invited artists to propose public art projects for Philadelphia that would be utilitarian, site-specific, and integral to community life—works that would be integrated into the public context through use as well as placement.
To foster national discussion about the issues surrounding public art, the Association for Public Art organized the conference Public Art in America ’87. Featuring more than 100 speakers, it was the first national, interdisciplinary forum to examine public art in its broadest context through the perspectives of politics, urban design, cultural anthropology, and the social sciences.