Arts Education & Public Art: Towards Practice

imageAbout this Webinar

Available: August 21, 2018

Filmed  at the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, watch the third and final installment of the annual Arts Education & Public Art series, hear about what we've learned and explore some specific, replicable examples of crossover between public art and arts education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore three years of conversation and research about the intersection of public art and arts education.
  • Hear concrete case studies of examples at the arts education/public art intersection.
  • Map next steps, including access to a network of others interested in working more deeply at this intersection.

Once registered for the webinar, two additional tabs will appear: the "Handouts" tab includes pre-reading information, and the "Resources" tab includes information mentioned during the presentation and additional resources on the topic of Public Art & Arts Education.


Olivia Gude 

Professor & Chair of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Artist and educator Olivia Gude is the Chair of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Gude served as a member of the Visual Arts writing team for the Next Generation National Visual Arts Standards. She has created many award-winning collaborative mural and mosaic projects. Her research focuses on developing new paradigms for visual art curriculum; her articles include: Drawing Color Lines, Postmodern Principles, Principles of Possibility: Considerations for a 21st Century Art and Culture Curriculum, New School Art Styles: the Project of Art Education, and Art Education for Democratic Life. In recent years, Gude has united her work as a community artist and art educator by creating participatory spaces in which teachers investigate and re-invent the social practice of art education.


James Halliday

Program Director, Education Synergy Alliance

James Halliday is a native San Diegan. He attended public K-12 schools, completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at San Diego HS in 1999, and had the privilege of being an Aaron Price Fellow, where the connection between civic engagement and public leadership first took root.

After graduating with a degree in history from Stanford in 2003, James pursued postgraduate studies in Cracow, Poland, where he lived until 2005. Between 2005-14, he lived Seoul, Moscow, and Istanbul, where he worked for many years in journalism, before transitioning the focus of his work to the intersection of education, philanthropy, and social enterprise.

He is currently Program Director at the Education Synergy Alliance, and actively involved in shaping the impact economy for the greater San Diego region through his work with ImpactSD and the local chapter of EPIP.


Michael Sweney

Art in Public Places Program Manager, Washington State Arts Commission

Mike joined ArtsWA in 2007 and has led the public art team since 2011. One of the country’s oldest statewide public art programs, Art in Public Places has been a leader in developing and administering best practices for art acquisition and collection care. Mike has managed more than 100 public art projects throughout the state in the diverse communities of Washington’s public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to ArtsWA, he was an art gallery director with Davidson Contemporary in Seattle and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. He is a past board vice president for Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art and currently serves on the Tacoma Art Museum’s Collection Committee, the Advisory Committee for Washington State University’s new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and chairs the Tacoma Arts Commission. He holds a BA degree in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College.



Jeff Poulin

Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.  He was also been instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was an advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.


Arts Education & Public Art: Towards Practice