Streetscape Public Art


Existing KC Studies/Programs:

A City at the Crossroads: 18th Street

18th Street Reimagined /

Art in the Loop Foundation

Greater Downtown Area Plan

KCMO Arts Convergence Plan

Downtown Streetscape Master Plan

One Percent for Art Program, City of Kansas City, Mo.


Best practices:

New York City Plaza Program:

 DOT works with selected not-for-profit organizations to create neighborhood plazas throughout the City to transform underused streets into vibrant, social public spaces.

DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and artists to present temporary public art in neighborhoods across the City. Artists help transform the city's streets from ordinary to extraordinary with unexpected interventions - colorful murals, dynamic light projections and thought-provoking sculptures. Public plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets, and sidewalks serve as canvases for art.

Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.

City of Austin

Neighborhood Partnering ProgramIn support of Imagine Austin, the Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin government. 

See videos:


WATERSHED + Public Art  presents a unique approach to public art and a distinct way of working within City departments, the public, and other stakeholders. Artists and artistic practices are embedded within the Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Department's core activities, participating as members on infrastructure design teams, contributing to project design, development of events, community education and communication.

Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Public Art Plan / For more information, download the WATERSHED+ manual.


Seattle Office of Arts & Culture: Streestscape Public Art projects

City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund 
The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988 to provide neighborhood groups with city resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen their own neighborhoods. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the city. Every award is matched by neighborhoods' or communities' resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash.


Downtown Chattanooga Public Art



Limelight, by Sans façon, 2005


Dancers' Series: Steps by Jack Mackie, 1982






Artist Trust
Artist Trust provides grants, resources and career training to musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, craft artists, filmmakers, cross-disciplinary artists and more. The organization also provides free resources for artists, including a wealth of services, artist opportunities, calls for artists, funding sources and much more.

Public Art Network
Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the expanding field of public art. They have a good list of resources for public artists and informative blog.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to individuals and non-profit organizations to advance artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA funds the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, museums, arts education and arts agencies.

NYFA Source (New York Foundation for the Arts)
NYFA Source is the most extensive national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists. Listings include over 4,200 arts organizations, 2,900 award programs, 4,200 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists across the country. More programs are added every day.

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