Teachers to be honored at next installment of WaterFire
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Education officials are planning to honor teachers in Providence as part of the next installment of the city's public art event, WaterFire.
Protester who smeared blood in Portland City Hall sentenced
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who smeared his own blood on a piece of public art in Portland's City Hall after being forcibly removed from a City Council meeting has been sentenced to community...
Parkland father: Mural in El Paso a ‘tragic coincidence’
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Manuel Oliver has traveled the U.S. vowing that his son won't be forgotten after he was killed in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe from atop a Hollywood public art installation has been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay more than...
Fiberglass cows returning to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A herd of fiberglass cows is returning to Chicago to mark the 20-year-anniversary of a popular display of brightly painted faux bovines that inspired other cities to line their...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say the man suspected of stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe from atop a Hollywood public art installation is the same person who smashed President Trump's Walk of...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goodbye, Norma Jean?
Officials say someone climbed a more than two-story tall Hollywood public art piece and stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky art group is appealing the city of Louisville's decision to move a Confederate statue from a prominent location.
Artist pays homage to murdered Colombia rights activists
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The names of the dead are filling Colombia's storied Bolivar Plaza.
One by one, renowned artist Doris Salcedo led volunteers Monday in creating a public art display...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Arts Council says four community groups have received grants to work with artists to create public art.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Locations have been selected for the first in a new series of western Michigan art events.
The international ArtPrize competition earlier said that the annual...
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Artists from Michigan and around the world are painting 50 murals in Flint to refocus the city's image on art rather than the lead-tainted water crisis.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A wooden temple built as a memorial to the 17 victims of a Florida high school mass shooting was set ablaze Sunday in a symbolic gesture of healing.
Wichita art advocates want public arts funding proposal
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Arts advocates in Wichita are pushing an ordinance that would fund more public art projects.
The Wichita Eagle reports an ordinance that will be presented Tuesday at a...
Montgomery seeking artists for new project
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The City of Montgomery Public Art Commission is seeking artists to be part of the Montgomery Book Bench Project. It's a new effort to encourage reading, provide a place for...
Camden gets $1M grant to transform illegal dumping sites
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Camden is getting a $1 million grant to transform illegal dumping sites into spaces for public art.
The grant is part of "A New View," a project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which was founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The sites are along major transit corridors. In Camden, those include the PATCO high-speed rail line, the RiverLine light rail line and the Camden Greenway trail network.
Health system plans arts destination in Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT (AP) — A health system plans to turn a vacant commercial building in Detroit into an arts destination.
Henry Ford Health System plans to revitalize the building near Henry Ford Hospital with help from a $200,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation.
The building also will have education and community meeting space. The "ArtBlock" project will feature five public art installations, including murals and interactive rideable, animal-shaped and pedal-powered metal sculptures.
Jane Seymour brings her ‘Open Heart’ philosophy to Riverwalk
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A face familiar to many movie and television fans could be seen spotted near the Manatee River standing close to her latest piece of off-screen art installed at the Bradenton Riverwalk.
Bloomberg: $1M gift to shine light on Tulsa Race Massacre
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he hopes a $1 million donation for public art in Tulsa will bring needed attention to an ugly part of America's past.
Money for the Greenwood Art Project will fund temporary artworks commemorating Black Wall Street, an area largely destroyed during deadly racial violence in 1921. Estimates of those slain vary widely, from three dozen to more than 300.
Bloomberg announces $1 million gift for Tulsa art project
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a $1 million gift to The Greenwood Art Project in Tulsa.
Bloomberg, a potential candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, announced the gift Tuesday from the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge .
‘Rain Poetry’ appears on South Carolina city’s sidewalks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is jazzing up its sidewalks with poetry when it rains.
Columbia's public art organization One Columbia has teamed up with city poet laureate Ed Madden to create "Rain Poetry."
Madden solicited poems over the last year, and they were stenciled onto sidewalks around the city. The material used to paint the writings only shows up when wet.
Tucson panel rejects request to remove Pancho Villa statue
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A statue of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa will remain in downtown Tucson despite an effort by a conservative watchdog group to remove it.
Correction: Bloomberg Grant-Mississippi story
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story Nov. 29 about a public art grant funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Associated Press relying on information from the head of the group, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, erroneously reported that Jackson, Mississippi, was one of 14 grant winners. A spokeswoman for Bloomberg Philanthropies later said there were 14 finalists and Jackson was one of the five winners.
ArtPrize competition announces info on Michigan event
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The international ArtPrize competition has announced the schedule and advisory committee for the first in a new series of Michigan art events.
Project 1 will be held from Sept. 7 to Oct. 27 in Grand Rapids.
Public art project hopes to help heal Flint
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Sandra Branch was sickened by the blight she'd see in her neighborhood and throughout Flint as she drove around the city.
She said for every two nice houses that were occupied, she saw another seven or eight would be vacant and simply "an eyesore."
Group wants to cover Kansas City tower with changing lights
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Artists are planning to transform a broadcast tower that looms over downtown Kansas City into a giant light installation that brightens the Missouri city's skyline.
Entrepreneur Jasper Mullarney has spent years and several thousand dollars plotting how to turn KCTV-5's tower into the "tallest public art piece in the world," the Kansas City Star reported . Backers say it could be a tourism draw.
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Naperville’s ‘Laughing Lincoln’ statue to be unveiled Dec. 2
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Naperville will unveil a statue showing a lighter side of Abraham Lincoln.
The Naperville Sun reports that "Laughing Lincoln" will debut in Central Park on Dec. 2. Illinois celebrates its bicentennial a day later.
The statue depicts the legendary storyteller laughing with hand outstretched as if to slap his knee.
Public art project is “tree lighting” for busy Maine corner
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Christmas is several weeks away, but Maine's largest city is inviting the public to a tree lighting of a different kind.
Portland officials are holding a ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the installation of a piece of public artwork entitled "Luminous Arbor." The city is describing the event as a "tree lighting" for the project, which resembles a tree made of towering street lights.
Former NYC mayor Bloomberg gives $1M for Anchorage art space
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is awarding a $1 million grant to Anchorage to convert an empty downtown building into a workspace for artists and designers.
Bloomberg joined Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to announced Wednesday the first winner of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, the Anchorage Daily News reported .
Seattle to review totem poles for cultural sensitivity
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle is planning to review the iconic totem poles located in the city in consideration of cultural concerns.
KOMO-TV reports that the Seattle City Council on Wednesday discussed a proposal for landmarks boards and city agencies to evaluate the public art works.
St. Louis project will use art as vital downtown component
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new effort in St. Louis seeks to transform public space into works of art.
The Regional Arts Commission, Downtown St. Louis Inc. and Explore St. Louis last week unveiled plans for an initiative that seeks to use artwork to support downtown's growth as an "inclusive and culturally vibrant" anchor for the region.
Vermont double gold medal skier honored with Rutland statue
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont ski champion who some consider the state's greatest athlete of all time is being remembered with a new sculpture in her honor in her native Rutland.
The statue of Andrea Mead Lawrence is the latest sculpture in Rutland's growing trail of public art that is designed to honor contributors to the region's history.
Lawrence won two alpine Olympic gold medals at the 1952 games in Norway.
Michigan cities use public art to add design to area
DETROIT (AP) — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak.
A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at Mount Clemens' southern gateway.
A giant pigeon with shades of purple and blue graces one side of an old barn in a farming area near Port Austin.
New Comcast tower to open lobby showcasing unique artworks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia is set to open its lobby to the public this week, showcasing a new sculpture and artwork for public viewing.
10,000 illuminated books to temporarily pave Michigan street
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan street will be temporarily paved with 10,000 illuminated books as part of a one-night public art installation.
Questions raised about possible sale of Chicago library art
CHICAGO (AP) — Plans by the city of Chicago to restore a West Side library branch by selling a valuable piece of public art is being questioned by the leader of a business group.
Civic Federation President Laurence Msall on Monday said more thought should be given to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to sell "Knowledge and Wonder." City Hall hopes it will bring upwards of $15 million.
Committee has 4 options to replace Confederate Foundation
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A community group in Helena has unveiled four possible designs to replace a Confederate memorial fountain that was removed from a city park last year amid outcry after a racially-motived shooting at a black church in South Carolina and a deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia.
Ex-Lions DeAndre Levy tackles sexual assault with public art
DETROIT (AP) — Even if he doesn't play football here anymore, former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has made a home in Detroit and is starting a family here.
Cape Cod groups work to install public art in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Visitors to some of Yarmouth's most popular destinations could soon see displays of art popping up in unlikely places — right beneath their feet.
"We need more public art in Yarmouth," Cultural Center of Cape Cod Associate Director Lauren Wolk said. "We need more public art everywhere."
Southfield unveils outdoor art installation of 65 red poles
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Southfield's mavens of modern art applauded after cutting the ribbon recently on metro Detroit's most ambitious new piece of public art — described as "an abstract grove of trees."
As with most public art, not everyone is sure to cheer. This piece is bright red, three stories tall, made of used utility poles and stretches the length of a football field. So, is it beautiful — and worth $50,000 in public money?
Lawrence to spend hundreds of thousands on public art
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence is planning to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for public art as part of several large-scale building and renovation projects.
Kalamazoo plans spaces for legal graffiti, more public art
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan city is planning so-called graffiti gardens where people can legally draw or paint on billboard-like plywood structures.
Planners envision improvements to Rapid City downtown park
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — City planners are looking to attract more visitors to a park in Rapid City's downtown.
2 works of art return to Waterloo parks
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Two previously unsanctioned art pieces that were removed from Waterloo parks have been approved to be put back up.
Mural Task Force makes recommendations for city mural
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A task force in Burlington, Vermont, has made recommendations for the future of a mural that critics have argued doesn't properly represent the city's diversity.
Life-size statue stolen from Louisiana bench is found
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A tip called into Crimestoppers has led to the recovery of a life-size statue stolen from the downtown area of Louisiana's capital city.
Baton Rouge Police say it was found in a parking lot not far from where it disappeared.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The next installment of a famous public art event, WaterFire, aims to support efforts to eliminate hepatitis C in Rhode Island.
The state health department says the "C is for Cure" WaterFire lighting takes place Saturday for World Hepatitis Day.
Festivities and performances begin at 7 p.m. The lighting is scheduled for 8 p.m. in downtown Providence.
2 New Yorker artists bring colors, smiles to Rohingya camps
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — With his blond dreads tied in a ponytail and baggy jeans caked with paint smudges, Max Frieder first arrived at the cramped Rohingya refugee camps last December. Unlike many other foreigners, he wasn't an aid worker in one of the biggest camps for Myanmar's persecuted minority in southern Bangladesh.
His mission: bringing color and art to one of the most dismal places in the world.