Enlivening Public Space at Night, an International Overview of Light/Art/Festivals

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Available: September 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM EST

From night owls to evening hour commuters, the nighttime plays host to opportunities for engaging the public, but how does programming for the night differ from the daytime? In this webinar, “Enlivening Public Space at Night, an International Overview of Light/Art/Festivals” explores the topic of art and design after dark. The subject will cover public art and programming. You will hear from Leni Schwendinger, an artist and expert in nighttime design. With a focus on light festivals, view this webinar to learn about the range of celebrations – from children’s lantern parades to sophisticated fine art installations.  


  • To provide basic information for those interested in developing illuminated projects or program at night
  • To learn from a broad-brush set of national, and international, public art light festivals examples

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Leni Schwendinger

Artist, NightSeeing

Artist Leni Schwendinger is a recognized authority on the many issues and applications of city lighting with more than 20-years of experience creating illuminated environments for public spaces all over the world. Her innovative interdisciplinary practice, nighttime design urbanism, focuses city districts’ darkened hours and includes community involvement methodologies. This work is shared through Leni’s public speaking engagements, including the worldwide “NightSeeing™, Navigate Your Luminous City” program, most recently in Prague, Czech Republic, Sydney Australia, Seattle Washington (USA) and Bogota, Colombia. Recent and ongoing projects include the Enhanced Design Initiative for the New York City subway, several bridges in Canada, and art projects for the Cleveland Rapid Transit District, among others.  Professional awards include such recognition as multiple Lumens from the Illuminating Engineering Society, SEGD and the NEA Japan Residency Fellowship. Schwendinger has enjoyed extensive coverage in design press and media. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a Design Trust for Public Space Fellow. Most importantly, Leni is currently directing a startup, International Nighttime Design Institute, https://nighttimedesign.org/ to establish an after-dark, design-focused, profession.

More information here https://lenischwendinger.com/, http://www.nightseeing.net/



Patricia Walsh

Public Art & Civic Design Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Patricia Walsh joined Americans for the Arts in 2014. She works to empower public art professionals, artists and other stakeholders in the implementation of public art in the built environment through the use of best practices, case studies, resource development, and peer-to-peer networking.

In her role at Americans for the Arts, Patricia has grown the annual Public Art Preconference to over 300 attendees, moderates a 400+ membership network of public art professionals and travels frequently to communities across the country to engage and learn from her colleagues working locally. She manages partnerships with Smart Growth America/Transportation for America and the American Planning Association, and continues to develop strategies to engage allied fields to cultivate policy and practice that supports public art in communities across the country.

Prior to arriving in D.C., Patricia lived and worked in many communities across the US. She held positions in public art for the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas and the City of San Jose Public Art Program. She served on the City of Palo Alto Public Art Commission, as a committee member for genARTS Silicon Valley, an initiative of the Arts Council Silicon Valley dedicated to serving emerging leaders, and volunteered with the City of Oakland public art program.

Born in Vermont, Patricia grew up near Poughkeepsie, New York, holds a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor in Arts in painting from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She has also enjoyed time living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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