Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices in the Public Art Process
Recorded On: 02/26/2018
About this Virtual Meeting
February 26,2018 at 1:00PM
In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the public art selection process have a growing interesting to professionals and artists alike. Taken from the Public Art Network Listserv, the topic of DEI will be addressed in this virtual conversation to provide another form of discussion on this important issue.
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Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis
Julia Moore is an arts administrator, curator, educator, and art historian. She has curated, selected, and managed public art projects since 2000. Driven by a belief that public art should both inspire and reflect its community, Julia’s favorite projects are those that challenge traditional approaches to bring a mixture of surprise, thoughtfulness and joy into public space.
At the Arts Council, Julia oversees community and civic public art projects, public art master planning, and ongoing programming to improve artists’ capacity to create public art. She is currently developing a new Public Art for Neighborhoods program with the City of Indianapolis, integrating both grant funding for neighborhood organizations and percent-for-art-style installations in private development.
Prior to her work at the Arts Council, she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services at the Indianapolis Art Center, curating over 250 gallery and public projects in 14 years. As the Public Art Administrator for Blackburn Architects, Inc., she oversaw the selection, fabrication and installation of public art in new construction; key projects included developing multi-million-dollar public art programs for Indianapolis International Airport and Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, and planning public art for cultural districts and other civic initiatives. Julia has also taught art history and art appreciation at colleges and universities in Central Indiana. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, in addition to a M.B.A. from Ball State University.
Amina K. Cooper, Manager of External Affairs and Public Art, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. Since 2015, she has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), the region’s designated local arts agency. Montgomery County’s public art program was initiated over 30 years ago and has grown to roughly 300 public artworks and 500 contemporary works on paper over time. In her role, Amina helps to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. She also curates and manages the county’s gallery and exhibition space. Amina is interested in expanding cultural equity, leading research, community outreach and fundraising planning for public art projects in underserved communities. With an interest in new and best practices, Amina has helped to develop the programs’ new strategic plan and public art guidelines. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Caroline Vincent, Public Art & Placemaking Director, Metro Arts
Caroline is the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for the city of Nashville. The city’s Percent for Public Art program recently dedicated its 50th artwork in the collection. She currently oversees more than 40 active public art and community projects annually. In addition to the Percent for Art program, Vincent manages partnerships with multiple city agencies including a new focus on transportation and transit-related projects, as well as an artist training program called Learning Lab, which was initially funded via a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. She also supervises a micro-fund program called THRIVE that has supported more than 350 artists and 100 community projects over the last 4 years. In 2016 and 2017, she led a city-wide public art planning process that resulted in a Public Art Community Investment Plan that positions public art as a community investment tool for neighborhood transformation, creative workforce development and equitable practices throughout the city. Vincent has 18 years’ experience as a curator and consultant in public art programs, galleries and with corporate clients. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia.