The Urban Landscape as Art Space

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Date(s) - 09/28/2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (UL 4115P)


The IAHI invites you to join us for the fourth meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session’s topic will be “The Urban Landscape as Art Space.”

Our guest speakers for this session will be Brian Payne, President and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation; and Starla Hart, Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis. We have a limited number of seats, so please be sure to sign up as soon as possible. We will keep a waitlist if the event fills up.

About The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series:

Cities across the US are grappling with major transformations that expose the many tensions inherent to historical disparities in economics, education, safety, and political access brought on by inequalities based in race and class. Midwest cities have responded to these challenges with a variety of approaches. This seminar series is concerned with addressing one of them: the role of culture in reshaping cities – specifically through public art.

In the discourse and practice of urban design, public art has increasingly been seen as a key tool in redeveloping our cities – from making cities more livable and safe to encouraging economic development and educational achievement. Using art as a tool to address urban design challenges goes by a variety of different names: creative placemaking, civic art, and tactical urbanism, to name a few. These approaches are fundamentally tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value.

Seminar meetings will discuss the intersections of ethics, public art, and urban design through shared readings, guest speakers, and conversation. We invite you to join us as we host six meetings in 2017. For more information, contact the organizers: Jason M. Kelly ( or Pamela Napier (

This event is supported by the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and the Herron School of Art and Design.