Experts will share tips on winning public art commissions

A panel of regional experts and successful artists will share tips on how to navigate the complex world of public art commissions at a professional development workshop Monday, March 20. The event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St.

The panelists are Mark Abildgaard and Joe Bellacera, both public artists; Daphne Burgess, community engagement coordinator at the Crocker Art Museum; Catherine Kleckner, an independent art consultant; and Alison Joe, deputy director of the California Strategic Growth Council.

Michele Alexander — a social benefit entrepreneur who has 16 years of experience providing guidance to nonprofits, professional artists and creative startups — will facilitate the discussion.

Takeaway skills from the workshop will include identifying the steps to build and document a body of public art work; evaluating call-to-artist opportunities, understanding the components of requests for proposals, requests for qualifications, budgets, presentations and the selection process; considering approaches to creative place-making; and community outreach.

The workshop costs $12. Light refreshments will be available from 6 to 6:30 p.m. during a social half-hour that offers an opportunity to network with area artists and arts organization representatives.

To register, click HERE. For more information, contact Janice Purnell at or 530-309-6464.

This workshop is part of YoloArts’ professional development series for artists, arts organizations and artisans made possible by a Creative California Communities grant from the California Arts Council.

By Special to The Enterprise

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