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Master Plan for Public Art in Troy: Public Art and the Public Good

Arts Center of the Capital Region and the City of Troy together with the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce and the Troy BID Present:

Master Plan for Public Art in Troy: Public Art and the Public Good With Todd Bressi, introduced by Judie Gilmore, Project Director

Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m. at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, Free Admission

Join us as we launch the Plan for Public Art in Troy, and we begin to conceive of the power public art could play in our city’s growth.  More and more communities across the U.S. are embracing public art as a way of strengthening their communities. Art consultant Todd Bressi will discuss how cities are implementing art projects and programs that support civic engagement, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, tourism and workforce development — all the while reinforcing the notion that the most successful cities are ones that make investments in the public good.

Todd W. Bressi is an urban designer and public art consultant, educator and writer. He has managed his own public art consulting practice since 2008, in addition to serving on a part-time basis as interim Artistic Planning Coordinator and director of muraLAB for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program since 2010.

Todd consults with public agencies, civic/community groups, cultural organizations and private developers throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has worked on more than twenty public art and arts district master plans, has managed complex public art commissions, teamed with artists on collaborative design projects, and provides on-call consulting to several public art programs. His projects creatively meld the visual aspects of city design, the activation of public space, and the visions of the organizations and communities he works with.

At Mural Arts, he has overseen the muraLAB public lecture series, the Visiting Curators Initiative, and long-range project and program development.

Todd’s consulting has inspired 11 projects that have been recognized by the Public Art Network “Year in Review” and the International Downtown Association. His journalism also won recognition from the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and the Environmental Design Research Association.

Judie Gilmore is an independent arts consultant, curator and writer who works with creative organizations and individuals on public projects, site-specific installations, and project and organizational development. She is currently the Project Director for Breathing Lights, a temporary public art installation in fall 2016 that illuminated hundreds of abandoned buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY. 

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