Public Art Resources

The following resources have been compiled to help applicants and grantees in their research as they establish public art policies and implement public art processes.

The list is not comprehensive, but is offered for research and consideration as administrators develop public art programs in ways that make sense for each individual community.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has several resources available on our website around the topic of creative placemaking, including the publication How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. The book is intended as a primer for those interested in bringing the arts to the community development table as a tool—along with housing, transportation, public health, and other sectors—to advance revitalization efforts in an authentic way. You can find additional case studies and insights at Exploring Our Town on the National Endowment for the Arts website, including some specific resources for public art planning and implementation.

Americans for the Arts

A “professional network dedicated to advancing public art”, AFTA’s Public Art Network offers an online home for a variety of public art tools and resources, including funding models, public art evaluation, contracts and legal issues, and the annual Year in Review database ( ), an annual compilation of notable national and international public art works.

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

Find archived articles and resources related to the role of the arts in rural design. New additions include the Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation webinar (March 2017).

Transportation for America

A publication and accompanying website, The Scenic Route: Getting Started with Creative Placemaking and Transportation, is available through Transportation for America, “an alliance of elected, business, and civic leaders” dedicated to investing in “locally-driven transportation solutions.” The resource was developed with support from the Kresge Foundation.

An online searchable database of public art installed in collections across the United States.