Introduction to Public Art Workshops - Spring 2017

Public Art projects, whether they are free-standing artworks or community-engagement projects, are excellent opportunities for Western Massachusetts artists to expand their vision, be paid to make art, build their portfolio, and have their work seen by a diverse audience within our region and beyond. However, the Public Art application process can be complex and often prevents many talented artists from pursuing projects or being awarded them: how do I fund a Public Art project? What is an RFQ? How do I incorporate public input while still maintaining my work’s integrity? What are my rights and responsibilities to the artwork once it is completed?

Join the UMass Arts Extension Service for the Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop to get the answers to these and other important questions. Open to artists of all mediums interested in creating public art projects, participants will receive a broad overview of the unique issues, skills needed, and steps required to create a competitive public art project application at the local and national level. This workshop will include an interactive exercise, information sheets, artist meet-and-greet, and Q & A.

The Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop will be held in the following locations on the following dates - click on the links below for more details about locations (including directions and parking). Note: the first half hour of each workshop will start with an artist meet-and-greet. The workshop commencing at 6 PM:

  • Chicopee: Thursday, February 16 at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA
  • Turners Falls: Wednesday, March 15 at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
  • Springfield: Thursday, May 4 at Make It Springfield, 168 Worthington St., Springfield, MA

Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Workshops are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by contacting AES at or 413-545-2360.

The Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop is part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative which serves artists through intensive workshops on the business of art, courses, publications, and an internship program to connect UMass and 5 College arts and culture students with individual artists and arts organizations. Spring 2017 Project partners include the Chicopee OFfice of Community and Economic Development, Chicopee Public Library, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls RiverCulture, and the UMass Design Center.

The Chicopee and Springfield workshops are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Local Cultural Councils of Chicopee and Springfield, and UMass Amherst. The Turners Falls workshop is funded by Turners Falls RiverCulture and UMass Amherst.

Image is from Vancouver, BC, of Janet Echelman's "Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks"

  • Springfield: Thursday, May 4 at Make It Springfield, 168 Worthington St., Springfield, MA