Best Practices for Public Art Commissions

Recorded On: 06/21/2019


 About this Webinar

In 2016, the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council launched a series of best practices for the commissioning of public art projects to provide a nationally accepted set of standards and guidelines for the development and implementation of public art projects. Three years later, The PAN Council is currently updating and reviewing the best practices and are looking for feedback from the field. Join PAN Council representatives to review recent edits and provide insight for the updated Best Practices for Public Art Commissions.

Learning Objectives

Participants will...

  • Learn about the development process for the national Best Practices for Public Art Commissions 
  • Have the opportunity to provide insight into the updating of the Best Practices for Public Art Commissions

Clare Haggarty

Senior Manager, Transportation Planning (Arts & Design), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Clare Haggarty works for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as a Senior Manager for Transportation Planning in Arts and Design. Metro is a world-class transportation system moving 10 million people a day throughout Los Angeles County. The Arts and Design group produces innovative, award-winning visual art and integrated design as well as performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Previously Ms. Haggarty was the Deputy Director of Collections for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Ms. Haggarty has a master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a master’s degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ms. Haggarty has served on the Public Art Network Advisory Council since 2017.


Kipp Kobayashi


As an artist and urban designer, Kipp Kobayashi has a keen interest in the effects of human activity on our public environments and is in constant search for ways to initiate dialogue and to promote sociability within these spaces. His work explores how these overlapping narrative threads merge with the physical characteristics of a specific environment to create unique sets of combinations and patterns that define a more nuanced interpretation of identity and cultural belonging.

 In a career spanning nearly two decades, Kobayashi has created projects and presented designs for cities across the nation and for such organizations as the Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Sound Transit and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. Based in Los Angeles, he received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA from the University of Southern California and has taught extensively at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design. In addition, he is currently serving as a member of the Public Art Network Advisory Council which provides recommendations and insight to Americans for the Arts for the development and execution of public art services and resources.

Twitter: @BoiArtAndHist


Michael Chavez

Public Art Program Manager, Denver Arts & Venues

Michael Chavez is the Public Art Program Manager for the City & County of Denver. Denver’s 1% for Public Art Program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 and holds more than 410 public artworks in its collection with more than $40 million invested in public art since 1988. Chavez oversees the conservation, care, and maintenance of the collection as well as the selection process for new public art commissions. Currently, the program has more than 40 active public art commissions in progress.  

Chavez also serves on the Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council through Americans for the Arts. PAN is a professional network dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects in the United States through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.



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