Has the definition of public art expanded?
Our built environment is a canvas for artistic expression providing opportunities for artists that extend beyond the confines of gallery walls. How can we advocate for and broaden not only the understanding of public art, but the city’s expansive creative capacity and its potential to impact the cultural vibrancy of Portland? As individual property owners, real estate developers, government entities, community members and civic leaders incorporate the artistic community as active participants in a dynamic city, what is the role of public discourse and community engagement?
In this changing landscape where urban planning, business objectives and artistic expression intersect, what are the challenges and opportunities for meaningful change? How does one interpret beauty, cultural aesthetics and new art forms in public spaces? How do we celebrate the public art that currently exists or the experimental spaces and communities that are emerging? Where are the crossroads for public/private and city-wide collaboration?
Join us for a live art installation and dynamic conversation around the role of public art as a vital part of our evolving city.
2 drink tokens included with ticket and light snacks provided.
Thank you to the beverage sponsors: Union Wine Co., Dirty Pretty Brewing & Brew Dr.Kombucha
Moderator Ann Hudner, Art Manager & Communication Strategist
Adam Tyler, President of Killian Pacific
Tiffany Conklin and Tomás Valladares, Co-founders of Portland Street Art Alliance
Kristin Calhoun, Director of Public Art at RACC
Chris Herring, Founder of Portland Winter Light Festival
Alex Chiu, Muralist & Illustrator
Lane Walkup, Metal Artist
Joe Thurston, Artist & Founder of Site Specific
Artist in above photo: Alex Chiu