public arts commission believes a democratic process is necessary not only in determining public art, but that public art is necessary for the democratic process. public arts commission will help facilitate the production of art about public arts as well as the production of a public arts about politics. public arts commission will critically support local autonomy and thereby not favor one particular art form over another (since no two locations are the same), but rather favor public participation in the determination of public art. public arts commission will engage both electoral and institutional politics, thereby building the capacity for greater public art considerations to have a seat at the table in political campaigns and legislative matters. public arts commission will facilitate conversations, exhibitions and publish a journal in line with its mission to re-define art’s relation to the public for greater democracy within and outside art. public arts commission thus seeks to engage directly the producers of art, the public and legislators in order to better represent the interests of the major parties involved.
public arts commission focuses on the intersection of art and politics, which distinguishes the organization from many private non-profit arts organizations and government arts and cultural organizations, which U.S. law largely bar from political activity. For instance, the N.E.A. is barred from an advocacy role while many private, non-profit arts organizations claim an advocacy role but remain ineffectual in determining campaigns and legislation due to tax laws that prohibit 501(c)(3)s from influencing political campaigns and legislation. public arts commission seeks to directly engage political campaigns and legislation in order to redefine art's relation to the public for greater democracy within and outside art.
public arts commission was launched in April 2017 by stephen garrett dewyer, an artist and part-time professor, and is based in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area of Minnesota.
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