Public Arts Resources List

Public Arts Resources List – Culture, Education & Advocacy

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If you are a working or aspiring public artist… one of the best things you can do for yourself is educate yourself.

Public arts and culture is a growing industry. And if you want to be a part of it, the more you learn about the industry the better.  You can research and study successful public arts programs, join support organizations, find many educational and working opportunities, grants, residencies, and the list goes on.

International Organizations

Arts Management Network

Since 2000, we provide our international network for arts and business. The website and the bi-monthly newsletter became popular among professionals in the arts and the creative sector. With its global perspective, our network is a valuable resource for academics, students, researchers, regional and national authorities, business people, and journalists.

Global Arts And Tourism

Promoting Economic Development through the Arts and Culture within our Communities by supporting the creation of partnerships between cities, artists, local business and commerce, economic development authorities and tourism organizations.

And home of the Global Mural Conference

National Organizations

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities http://www.

The President’s Committee bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives under our Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama.

Report:  Turn Around Arts Initiative Summary of Key Findings

In 2014, the Turnaround Arts initiative completed an evaluation report covering two years of program implementation. The final report provides a description and analysis of program impacts in the pilot cohort of 8 Turnaround Arts schools by the end of their second year. This includes summaries of program operation and implementation practices and outcomes in school reform indicators and student achievement data. In this brief, we provide an overview of key findings from the broader evaluation report. The full report can be found at:

Report: Re-investing in Arts Education

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts’ mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. From offices in Washington, DC and New York City, we provide a rich array of programs that meet the needs of over 150,000 members and stakeholders. We are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

Public Art Network Year In Review Database

The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review annually recognizes outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. Two or more public art professionals serve as jurors to review hundreds of project applications and select 50 projects to include. The Public Art Network Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. 

Americans for the Arts Action Fund

We are the Arts Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts.  We are the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Launched in 2004, the Arts Action Fund seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts and arts education. The Arts Action Fund’s goals are to:

Enlist and mobilize 1 million citizen activists who will help ensure that public and private resources are maximized and that arts-friendly public policies are adopted at the federal, state, and local levels.

National Arts Marketing Project

The website of the National Arts Marketing Project, provides information, tools, and practical ideas to design high-quality, cost-effective marketing programs and strengthen arts organizations. Our Advisory Committee provides expert guidance and constantly seeks new resources and information to keep the site relevant and useful.

The National Arts Marketing Project produces an annual conference, hosts monthly webinars, organizes regional training programs, and provides on-site workshops on a range of arts marketing topics. The National Arts Marketing Project is a program of Americans for the Arts. Download a quick one-sheet of all our arts marketing and audience engagement resources.

Report: “Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry.” Download and view or print the 2-page Brochure, Summary report (24-page PDF), or Download or Purchase the Full Report with Data Tables (378+ pgs).

You’ll also find here…

  • Tools to conduct an Economic Impact Study in your community
  • Downloadable PowerPoint Presentation
  • The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Calculator (a free and simple tool that makes it possible for you to estimate the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization—or even your entire nonprofit arts community—on your local economy.)

And so much more!

Arts Education Partnership

As you will discover, AEP serves as a national hub for critical information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. And high quality research serves as a hallmark of our work because evidence in action is power.

Report: Critical Evidence- How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA is dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

All 50 states and the six U.S. jurisdictions (American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have state arts agencies. Visit NASAA’s state arts agency directory to learn more about your own state arts agency.

State arts agencies increase public access to the arts and work to ensure that every community in America enjoys the cultural, civic, economic and educational benefits of a thriving arts sector.

National Governor’s Association- Center for Best Practices

The NGA Center for Best Practices is the nation’s only dedicated consulting firm for governors and their key policy staff. The NGA Center’s mission is to develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges.

Note: While the NGA is not an “arts & culture website,” there is a wealth of advocacy tools and resources via excellent reports and studies, like the one below. Just go to the NGA Center for Best Practices, and search Public Art, or Culture, or Art in Schools and you’ll find lots of great resources! Here’s an example:

Report: New Engines of Growth- 5 Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design

State of California Agencies

California Arts Council

The California Arts Council is a state agency governed by an 11-member policy-setting council appointed by the Governor and the Legislature to advance the state through the Arts and creativity. Council members and professional staff have experience and expertise in the Arts, creative industries, education, community development, state and local government, and the nonprofit and for profit sectors.

*The Arts: A Competitive Advantage for California II, a study commissioned by the California Arts Council (CAC), reveals that the nonprofit arts in California are a vibrant economic engine that:

  • adds some $5.4 billion to the state’s economy
  • supports more than 160,000 jobs
  • generates nearly $300 million in state and local taxes
  • ranks California as the nation’s leader with more arts-related businesses and more people employed in the creative industries than in any other state

are the equivalent of 10,000 small businesses

California Public Arts Association

Post your art or conservation project for free. View responses on line. Our goal is to deliver nature’s bounty of clean air, water and sustainability by designing with ecology, science and art. We do that in high impact low cost ways. How do we do that?

CALPAA, Inc provides the connection between live green teams and those builders, prime contractors, architects, designers, and landscape architects sustaining the ultimate resource called earth. Our mission is simple. We want to save the planet by design.

California Public Art And Mural Society

CALPAMS is a non-profit organization formed with the intention of assisting Artists and Communities in promoting revitalization of communities through Public Art.

(If you go to this site and click on Communities, you will see a list of communities, many of whom have successfully and dramatically improved their economies directly through their public art programs. There are also direct contact links.)

 San Bernardino County and Local Arts Agencies

Arts Connection- The Arts Council of San Bernardino County

Arts Connection was created to share needed knowledge and resources, support initiatives that engage, encourage and advocate community building through the arts, and offer funding solutions for progressive projects, art groups and artists.

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council’s mission is to inspire and enliven the community through the arts, and enhance the cultural and economic health of the region. We accomplish our vision through a range of activities and initiatives, large and small, local, outside the Basin, and online. Help support the arts in this community – become a member today!

Additional Green Resources

Green Public Art Consultancy

Green Public Art is a Los Angeles-based consultancy that was founded in 2009 in an effort to advance the conversation of public art’s role in green building.

Research Publications

You can search Reports, Notes, Brochures and more


Notable Public Art Programs – U.S.

Seattle Public Art

Philadelphia Association for Public Art

Philadelphia Murals

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest and oldest public art program in the United States.

City of Albuquerque

Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture

Scottsdale Public Art

Colorado Public Art

Portland, Maine Public Art

Houston Civic Art & Design

San Antonio Public Art & Culture

Featured Image: Robert Arneson’s Eggheads Yin-Yang, UC Davis

If you know of a great resource that we should include here, or if any links don’t work, please drop us a note on our Contacts Page 🙂

Please note: Linda Shrader and Echo Westover of Larger Than Life Murals are sharing this information with you to for the benefit of the greater good. We base our opinions on our own personal experiences. Your own experience may vary.

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