Upcoming Public Art Workshops

If you wonder what it takes to make the leap from small-scale studio art to large scale public art, this three-part series of workshops will provide some answers. The series will break down the process of turning ideas into public works, from presentations and proposals through collaborations and the development of designs. Each workshop will feature a presentation by a local artist, a question and answer session with Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) staff, and a brief workshop for participants. The workshops are free and open to the public courtesy of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum. Join us!

When: Wednesdays, March 30, April 27 and May 25, 2011
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Community Room, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Time: 6:00 – 7:15pm
For more information or to register: Email agallego@azarts.gov or call 602.771.6530
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We look forwarding to seeing you,
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Phoenix Art Museum.

Workshop 1: Presentations and Proposals

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6pm – 7:15pm
You got the call! You’re a finalist! Now you need to pull together a proposal and present it to a selection panel (GULP…) Suddenly your mind is racing… “Where to begin? What will they want? How do I do this???”

In this workshop we’ll discuss what key factors make a presentation sing and what makes a proposal fall flat. Tempe’s coLab Studio and staff from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program will show examples of proposals and present tools to help manage the interview and proposal process.

Workshop 2: Collaborations

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6pm – 7:15pm
More and more artists are being asked to deliver proposals using AutoCAD, deliver material samples that demonstrate maintainability, create plant layouts to enhance their work, design a lighting scheme to highlight the art, and engineer works to withstand the fiercest elements imaginable. This is a pretty tall order when you’re background is in visual art!

Figuring out what a project needs is one challenge but developing relationships with other design professionals to create the project is a whole other game. In this workshop, we’ll address the issue of team building from start to finish. Focusing in on the roles of each player on a design team, we’ll discuss how to make the most each other skill sets and work towards a common goal.

Artist Mary Lucking  and staff from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program will show examples of teams and explore the many layers of design that goes into award winning projects.

Workshop 3: The Design Process

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6pm – 7:15pm
Each idea is fleshed out through a series of checks and balances known as the design process. How does it work? What does it mean when you’re asked to provide a schematic design? How does that grow into a 50% submittal? And how are these stages reviewed along the way?

In this workshop, we’ll look at each step of the design process from concept to completion. Using examples of complete Public Art Projects, staff from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program will show the creation of projects from start to finish while explaining the steps that go into each phase between.

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