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Proceedings for WESTAF's 17th Cultural Policy Symposium, "The Future History of Public Art," are now available.

This gathering of public art practitioners and allied professionals convened November 5-7 in Honolulu, Hawai'i and was organized by WESTAF in collaboration with Forecast Public Art and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

The symposium provided a significant platform for high-level discourse to explore existing challenges alongside emerging strategies for the successful growth of the field. Symposium attendees traveled from six countries to take part in the convening: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States.

This convening was organized as a way to reflect on the challenges public art practitioners face and propose ways in which the field can develop to provide a stronger infrastructure in support of the advancement of the field as a whole. To view the proceedings online, please click the link below. To request a printed copy, please email us using the

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For the first time ever, the public art field will have access to a collection management system built specifically for public art collections. The system will accommodate the public art process workflow from commissioning through conservation and is designed to reduce staff time while increasing the flow of information to administrators, artists, and the public. A special benefit of the system is that it can be associated with the existing Public Art Archive site, which contains images and text data on more than 12,000 works of public art and over 33,000 images. Later this month, the Archive will move to a new platform that will be more robust and have the ability to link to an array of engagement and social media tools currently being developed for the site.

In addition to its ability to manage a public art collection and associated processes, the Public Art Archive's CMS will allow users to efficiently push data directly into the Public Art Archive. There are many substantial benefits of connecting to PAA's existing network of searchable works of public art. These include increased exposure of public art collections beyond local networks, the ability to easily edit existing records and attach additional information and multimedia content to works of art in the database, and the use of social media tools and API integrations that are designed to prolong and deepen engagement with public art. Learn More.

Scheduled deployment: May 2018

Click here to watch a 15 minute introductory video to the new system.


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