Florida Association of Public Art Professionals Hosts Conference in Sarasota | sarasota

With more than 80 pieces on display throughout the city, Sarasota’s public art will be in the spotlight next week at the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals’ annual conference. The statewide conference for public art professionals will be held April 27-29 at the Art Ovation Hotel downtown.

The rally comes as the city is developing a public art master plan, which will provide guidance for the purchase and installation of artwork funded by fees paid by project developers. $1 million or more. Currently, pieces are requested and approved by the city’s public arts committee, with specific project finalists presented to the city commission for final selection.

The conference will include three sessions that will be open to the public:

  • “Nuts & Bolts: Foundations for Success in the Public Art World”: From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 27. Artists and professionals are invited to a panel moderated by a “town hall” with working professionals from across Florida.
  • Year reviewed: 9am-10.15am Thursday 28 April. A virtual tour of various public art installations completed in 2021 throughout Florida, as well as some of the public art projects that received the Americans for the Arts 2021 Year in Review Award.
  • Keynote speaker Jane Golden: From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 28. Golden has been the driving force behind Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception, overseeing its growth from a small municipal agency to the nation’s largest public art program.

All three public sessions will be held at the Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave. Participants can register online for any of the free sessions.

During the three-day conference, registered attendees can participate in additional discussions on current trends, best practices, and issues in public art. City staff will participate in a panel discussion on art in roundabouts and make a presentation on the City’s Public Art Master Plan.

Along with the conference, the city also produced a touring audio capsule highlighting art and artists from Sarasota’s public art collection. The audio tour is available free to the public and can be viewed at any time by downloading the Otocast app, available for Apple and Android.

For more information, visit FloridaPublicArt.org/conference.

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