We believe that art is critical to a healthy community and everyone in every neighborhood should have access to it.
We are focused on empowering Lancaster communities to create public art projects by
creating opportunities that encourage conversation and planning of future public art projects within neighborhoods;
building capacity of local artists;
developing tools for implementation that can help guide projects; and
working to broaden funding sources for local projects.
PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD (PAAB)
**Member of City Council appointed by the President of City Council
Board meetings are open to the public! Come and get involved!
All meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 5:00pm-6:00 pm in the Commission room across the hall from Council Chambers (City Hall Annex, 1st floor). Minutes and agenda may be found here.
2019 Meetings May 13 June 10 July 8 August 12 September 9 October 14 November 11 December 9
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Public Art?
Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are. (Association of Public Art)
Why does the City have a public art department?
Public art attracts and sustains community participation by breaking down barriers and allowing for expression. All of these things lead to stronger neighborhoods and increased quality of life. When working towards a better Lancaster City, artful practices and public art boost our efforts. Public art allows communities to gain cultural, social, and economic value, and enhances meaning in the civic spaces of these communities.
I have an idea for a cool public art project! How do we do this?
Great! We love cool ideas. Lancaster Public Art advocates for and encourages public art throughout the City and only commissions a couple of projects a year. So it's unlikely that we can take your project on, but we can connect you to resources that might help you make your idea a reality!