Penny Bach on “Public Art & Community Attachment” for ARTSblog

Penny Bach on “Public Art & Community Attachment” for ARTSblog

Photo © Association for Public Art
Photo © Association for Public Art

Americans for the Arts – ARTSblog (5/16/2012)

“Public art can create community attachment, if we overcome perceived barriers and open pathways for engagement,” aPA Executive Director Penny Balkin Bach explains, and further discusses in this ARTSblog piece how Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – the aPA’s free interpretive outdoor sculpture audio program – was created with this very idea in mind.

Bach gives a detailed look at the planning process behind Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO and highlights the many ways in which the program has had a positive impact on the community since it launched almost two years ago.

>>Read Penny Bach’s “Public Art & Community Attachment”

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